Sencha

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Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

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About Sencha | Varieties of Sencha | Best (Top-Rated) Sencha

About Sencha

Loose leaf sencha, showing long, intact, dark green tea leaves
Typical loose-leaf sencha, showing mostly intact leaves, long and narrow.
Sencha(煎茶), also sometimes called honcha, is a Japanese style of green tea that is widespread and well-known not only in Japan, but worldwide. It is the variety of Japanese green tea that is most commonly available in the United States, in contrast to bancha, which is a common tea in Japan, but less known in the U.S. Sencha is widely produced not only in Japan but in China and other countries as well.

Brewed sencha often has a more intense green color than pan-fired (Chinese) green teas, but less green than gyokuro. Sencha is diverse in both flavor and aroma, but it often tends to have a bold, sharp flavor and an aroma which is often described as grassy and vegetal, sometimes even seaweed-like.

Sencha is produced by steaming the leaves before drying, and then firing them afterwards, in contrast to teas which are pan-fired before drying. The characters for sencha (煎茶) literally translate as "pan-fired tea", which can be confusing because the term "pan-fired" usually refers to green teas (including many Chinese varieties) which are pan-fired before drying, at the stage at which sencha is steamed.

Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Sencha

Best Sencha

The notion of the "best" Sencha is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Top Leaf™ Green Tea

Brand:Mellow Monk
Style:Sencha
Region:Kumamoto, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
97
5 Ratings
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Japanese Sencha

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
77
4 Ratings
Picture of Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf

Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf

Brand:Yamamotoyama
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
40
4 Ratings
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Sencha Overture

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
52
4 Ratings
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Green Tea

Brand:Twinings
Style:Sencha
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
2
3 Ratings

Top-Rated Teas

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Top Leaf™ Green Tea

Brand:Mellow Monk
Style:Sencha
Region:Kumamoto, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
97
5 Ratings
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Japanese Sencha

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
77
4 Ratings
Picture of Sencha Overture

Sencha Overture

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
52
4 Ratings
Picture of Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf

Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf

Brand:Yamamotoyama
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
40
4 Ratings
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Organic Japanese Sencha

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
4
3 Ratings

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