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About Sencha

Loose-leaf green tea showing intact long, flat, pointy leaves with dark green colorTypical 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.

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70 / 100
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Top Leaf™ Green Tea from Mellow Monk

Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan
Jun. 17th, 2019

A remarkably long finish for a tea
without astringency. very nice color fishy note flavor.
perfect cup for green tea lovers.

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70 / 100

Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
Jun. 11th, 2019

This tea is not bad but it isn’t overwhelming. I generally prefer loose leaf anyway, as a cup of bagged tea often isn’t as strong as I like. It’s fairly easy to avoid bitterness in this tea, but it’s still good not to brew the tea too hot or too long — as is generally true for green teas. Not bad as a potenti...

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80 / 100
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan
Jan. 28th, 2019

A colleague left this on the "freebie" table at work, so naturally I indulged some. One of the best green teas I've had so far, this offering competes well with a couple of bagged generic (unbranded) green-tea specimens containing a little matcha powder that my daughter brought back from her honeymoon in Japan.

D...

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87 / 100
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I don't have a lot of experience with brewing Japanese green tea, so I probably didn't brew this as well as it deserved. I brewed it in my gaiwan, figuring that shouldn't be too much different from brewing it in a shiboridashi. I ended up with a lot of small pieces of tea in my cup because I didn't have any kind of fil...

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75 / 100
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan
Jul. 30th, 2018

Surprisingly good for a tea bag. I feel like I've been saying that a lot lately (which reminds me that I have a couple reviews to add), but with all the terrible tea bags out there, it's still a surprise when a bagged tea taste much like the loose leaf version.

I'm not going to describe this in detail for two reaso...

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Top Leaf™ Green Tea

Brand:Mellow Monk
Style:Sencha
Region:Kumamoto, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
4
6 Ratings
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf

Brand:Yamamotoyama
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Twinings
Style:Sencha
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
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Japanese Sencha

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
73
4 Ratings
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
38
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets)

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Sencha
Region:Shizuoka, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
79
3 Ratings
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Japanese Sencha

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
73
4 Ratings
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf

Brand:Yamamotoyama
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
41
5 Ratings
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Top Leaf™ Green Tea

Brand:Mellow Monk
Style:Sencha
Region:Kumamoto, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
4
6 Ratings

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