Today I am drinking the Sencha by Maeda-en. I had my doubts about this one at first. It seemed to be a cheap version of Sencha but I trusted it because it is a well-known Japanese brand. The tea turned out to be very good, and I have kept it around as a staple to supplement my green tea supply. Sencha is a very popular tea and we will definitely discuss more varieties later on in this blog, but for now I just wanted to discuss this tea while it is fresh in my mind.
Sencha is the most common form of tea in Japan, representing about 80% of their total tea production. The leaves are a deep hue of green and the ideal color of Sencha after it has been mixed with water is a golden green. Because it is a Japanese tea and not a Chinese tea, the leaves are steamed after they have been picked in order to stop the fermentation process. As a result, this tea stays fresh and retains its antioxidants and natural color. There are a few different types of Sencha that I would recommend. I will do individual Sencha reviews later on but for now I wanted to cover the basics. Think of this as a beginner’s guide to Sencha. I’ve picked out the best places to start so that you don’t spend too much money on a product that you are unsure about.
GUIDE TO BUYING SENCHAFirst we have Davidsons tea bulk Sencha. Davidson’s tea is a great company if you are trying to get a large quantity of tea for an inexpensive price. The tea is not made cheaply however. The tea gives you some pretty good quality for your money.If you are trying to get a little bit higher quality, you can buy from one of my favorite sites Tealyra. They have such a great selection of teas and all of them are high quality. Their Sencha is actually available at a good price, but could still be considered on the higher end.If you want to be even more adventurous, you can try the Matcha Iri Sencha. Matcha is a very famous type of tea in Japan. It is made with some of the finest leaves that have been grown in the shade for a week or more, boosting their chlorophyll levels. This gives the tea a deep green color.
The leaves are then ground up into a fine powder using stone or ceramic grinders so they can be mixed right into the water to make Matcha. As a result you are consuming the entire leaf and not just the infusion of the tea. This tea is known to have a much higher nutrient content because the whole leaf is consumed and nothing is wasted. Matcha Iri is a tea that contains Matcha in it. In this case, Matcha Iri Sencha is a Sencha with added Matcha. This makes the tea much more flavorful and makes the infusion a much deeper hue of green. I would recommend this to people who are generally big green tea fans. Keep in mind there is a big difference between the common types of green tea you find in bags and a true Japanese green tea. The green tea you buy in bags from companies like Lipton and Bigelow, are generally much lower quality and very finely ground, making them lose a lot of their natural flavor and even take on a lot of the flavors of their packaging. Tea is very sensitive to picking up other flavors. That is why I am a big consumer of loose-leaf tea, because I like my tea to retain its own flavor.
The green tea you get at supermarkets can taste a little darker and turns the water a light amber color. Authentic Japanese green tea has a sweet and vegetal taste to it, and is well known for its yellowish green tint. There is a big difference between the experience of loose-leaf tea and bagged tea. This is a topic we can discuss in detail later, but for now I’d like to focus on the Sencha. The Matcha Iri Sencha gives the tea a deep umami taste and a rich green color. If you have an appreciation for true green teas, you will really enjoy this one.So there you have it. My beginner’s guide to Sencha. Hopefully this has inspired you to give this great tea a try. If you like it, I will certainly be making more content on Sencha in the future. As a lover of nearly all green teas, this is a big part of the tea that I drink and there is a lot more to talk about. Please share your experience in the comments section below, and if you have any Senchas that you want me to do a review of, leave those in the comments section and I will give those a try when I can. I’ll see you next time!