Sencha is the quintessential organic tea from Japan. Special blending and firing techniques are used to produce this organic green tea, resulting in a rich vegetal flavor and aroma reminding of dark greens such as kale, with moderate bitterness and a slight nutty quality. As is customary with most Japanese teas, this organic tea exhibits mixed grading, consisting of both small and larger leaf particles. This gives the Sencha a fuller body than many other green teas. Unlike many Japanese-style green teas available in the United States that are grown in China, this organic Sencha is actually grown in Japan.
Ingredients: organic Japanese green tea
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Compare this tea with our Chinese Dragonwell Lung Ching to truly appreciate the differences between Chinese and Japanese green tea.
Jeremy Says: The rich vegetal and nutty flavors of this tea make it a natural for pairing with savory dishes.
Sarah Says: Sencha tastes so good and is a beautiful tea. I love to stick my nose in my brewed cup and just inhale!
Posted by Don on 20th Feb 2013
Highly recommend Arbor Teas. The product is excellent and the service is top notch. The personalized note that comes with my orders is a great touch. Will be ordering again.
Posted by Bob on 19th Feb 2013
Notes of green chard, slightly astringent
Posted by Dimitra on 17th Feb 2013
This wonderful tea is a great breakfast tea or early afternoon tea. I find it has a strong vegetal flavor. When compared with Kukicha, it is slightly stronger and has a darker grassy flavor. It pairs well with a square of two of dark chocolate.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Oct 2012
Sencha has been a staple for me for years, and for the last few years I've been getting Arbor Tea's sencha. This particular sencha is very high quality, produces a beautiful greenish yellow tea, and has a wonderful grassy aroma. Even the most expensive sencha at local Asian stores do not compare. It is bonus that it is organic, so that I can enjoy the health benefits without worrying about pesticides.
I use slightly more tea than the directions, steep at about 190 for about 2 minutes in a cast iron tea pot, and am able to get three nice brews out of the same tea.
I used to occasionally get Gyokuro as a treat, but it seemed as if the quality of sencha at Arbor got even better about 2 years ago, so I don't bother with the Gyokuro anymore since the sencha is so good.
Posted by Evan Mangino on 19th Feb 2012
Sencha is the epitome of green teas. Sencha is the tea you think of when you think of green tea, and this Sencha is exceptional. The taste of us green tea exceeds that of a generic "grocery store green tea" by an order of magnitude. This, along with a good Assam, is one of the staples of any tea selection.
Posted by Tom Brook on 19th Apr 2011
I am very fond of the ʺgrassyʺ and nutty flavors of this Sencha. Although I have yet to sample all of the green teas available this one is a ʺmust haveʺ tea. The beautiful color lets you know you are in for a treat. The first sip confirms that it is superior.
Posted by Joe Brodnicki on 30th Sep 2009
This is a tasty Japanese-style tea. Not too strong, bitter, or pungent. To me it tastes ʺgreen.ʺ I've ordered this three times--the flavor holds up well.
Posted by Bill Edwards on 4th Jan 2008
I enjoy this tea alone or with a meal. I do not find it as vegetal as gyokuro or kukicha and that is fine. It has that bright yellow-green color characteristic of Japanese teas and a nice balance of flavors. You can serve this tea to guests with great confidence.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
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