Sencha Superior

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Sencha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Shizuoka, Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 8, 2015

Commercial Description

...a classic, light-steamed sencha from Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture...a fresh green aroma with a smooth body, savory flavor and semi-brisk finish....Our Sencha Superior represents a green tea flavor profile that has been popular with American tea drinkers for more than 100 years...

Brewing Instructions: (from Rishi Tea)

Water: 180°F / Leaves: 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces / Infusion Time: 3 minutes

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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Brews a clear golden color, less opaque than most Sencha. Aroma seaweedy and vegetal, and only slightly grassy. Relatively smooth flavor, with a little astringency and bitterness. Overall this is a very typical sencha. Nothing about it stands out.

Rishi's brewing instructions result in a cup that on the weak side for my taste. I often prefer making multiple infusions with Sencha, but in order to do that with this tea, I found that much more leaf was needed than what Rishi recommends. With a single 3-minute infusion, most of the aroma is lost in the first infusion. A second infusion of 5 minutes yielded a golden cup that was very bland, with a slight astringency and mild but unpleasant sourness. I discarded this brewing attempt as it was not pleasing to drink.

Disappointing. This is a pricey tea, and yet is neither organic nor fair-trade certified like most of Rishi's offerings. The price is approaching that of some really top-notch Sencha's I've sampled, and yet the quality strikes me as average; I would thus say this tea is quite overpriced.
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