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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

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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Sencha KKH5 (Nr. 207) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
Mar. 3rd, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear pale straw with no sediment. Mild aroma of green tea leaves, with hints of pine. Clean, bitterish flavour of green tea, leaving a slightly rough and astringent palate. Refreshing, well-balanced and evoking memories from my short trip to Japan eight years ago. Not in the cheap end (50...

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74 / 100
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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
Feb. 14th, 2020

Despite having a wide spectrum of experiences with TJ's teas (from excellent to revolting...but mostly good), I somehow thought this would be a cheap knockoff and not very high quality. Somewhat surprisingly, while not the best bagged green I've had (that would be an unbranded tea my daughter brought back from Japan)...

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50 / 100
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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
Feb. 12th, 2020

Standard decaf green tea. I would not distinguish this as a special "sencha" one might look for. I was hoping Yamamotoyama's decaf sencha would taste like sencha, but it just tastes like standard chinese decaf bulk cheap teabag tea. The taste of every decaf green tea I have tried is the same. The process of de-caffeina...

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71 / 100
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan
Jan. 23rd, 2020

I had this tea at a local restaurant (in a bag) and got 2 cups out of 1 bag - even though the restaurant offered me a second bag. It had a slight grassy note but also a pleasant roasted flavor vaguely reminiscent of a barley or genmaicha. I really enjoyed this tea - hot - no lemon - no dairy - no sweetener.

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

Brand:Yamamotoyama
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
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Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
73
4 Ratings
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Sencha Overture

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

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Sencha
Region:Shizuoka, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
6
4 Ratings
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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
3
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