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Sakura Sencha

Sakura Sencha
sakura sencha
 
(12 reviews)  

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SKU
16489
Shipping Weight
50.00 grams
Ease of Brewing
Easy Brewer!
Grams / Ounces per Pkg
50 g / 1.76 oz
Growing Region
Kyūshū
Year Harvested
2014
Harvest
First
Grown Under
Full Sun
Steaming
Medium-Deep
Color
Yellow-Green
Aroma
Strong
Taste
Other
Astringency
Medium
Consistency
Medium
# of first infusions per Pkg
12
Organic
No
Breed
Recommended Brew Temp
175F / 79C
Recommended Brew Time
1.0 minutes
Recommended Leaf to Water Ratio
.6g per 1oz (30ml) water
Notes
A good "beginner" green tea that connoisseiur's will also enjoy!
Market price:
$7.44
Our price:
$6.05
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Sakura Sencha - An interesting combination of Kyūshū sencha, sencha stems, and sakura (Japanese cherry tree) leaves grown in Izu. Open the package and you will be greeted by a rather sweet, enjoyable aroma of cherry blossoms and green tea. Brew it and you will be rewarded with one very tasty, enjoyable green tea! This would be a very good introduction to green tea for those new to green tea, try it today!

Available in 50 gram packages.

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Mitzi Wiuff
Sep 14, 2014
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At first, I was disappointed when I read the label in Japanese and found out this was a kuki cha, when in English description it only said "sencha" (This explains why this tea is so inexpensive after all.), but when I got the brew just right and the aroma of the sakura leaves (Contrary to many reviewers thinking there are sakura flowers in this tea, it's the leaves that scent the tea as stated in the Japanese ingredients list on the back of the package.), the classic aroma of sakura mochi delights the senses. For the price, it really is a charming, delightful tea. Brought back memories of my childhood in Japan. I'll be buying more for sure.

Advantages: Price - inexpensive
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ann mcmahon
Jun 27, 2013
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delightful tea. Not strong like many sencha and you can taste the cherry . Great for a change

Advantages: not bitter and very pleasant even iced

Disadvantages: none
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James Grove
Jan 14, 2013
Usually, I think flavored teas, especially flowery concoctions are a waste of good tea, but I decided to buy the Sakura Sencha to prove myself wrong. I've loved most of the tea I've gotten from Kevin so far, so I took a risk.

I'm glad that I did.

This tea has a sweet and a vaguely tarty flavor, reminding me very much of the Otsuu-san Karigane Sencha from Tsuen. Unlike the Otsuu-san, it has no savory component to its flavor.

The sakura blossoms add some sweetness to the tea, but their effect is largely aromatic. The aroma makes this tea very approachable to japanese tea novices, while the flavor would not disappoint a more experienced tea purist.

The taste is not very strong, nor is it complex, nor very rich, nor full, but that is not the point of this tea. It is a nice smooth and easy-going infusion.

Kevin's brewing parameters are very on the mark here. This tea expands rather quickly, and approximately 45-60 seconds seems to be enough to let it 'bloom.' This tea allows for higher temperature (175-180F) quite easily, as it is completely lacking in bitterness. I suggest using between .6-.7 grams per ounce (erring on the heavier side).

The second infusion tastes almost identical to the first, which is incredibly rare, and was quite exciting to me. This infusion should be done within similar parameters (with a slightly higher temperature- 180F -and for a slightly shorter time- 30-45 sec).

The tea is very cheap, although it should be noted that it is sold in 50 grams (the less-frequent, smaller bag offered by O-Cha), and should be considered a $15 tea, not a $7 tea.

Advantages: Cheap ($15/100 grams).
Smooth.
Easy to brew, good for beginners.
Sweet, somewhat tarty.
Second infusion is almost identical to the first.
Nice aroma.

Disadvantages: Not very complex, rich, or full.
No savory taste (umami) like a Karigane.
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Liane-Tsun Horn
Mar 6, 2012
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Very pleasant bright appearance. Just had 3 cups of it. The sencha element is no frills and straightforward along with a nice tartness from the sencha stems, both of which complements the sakura well. Very refreshing.
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Ionut Tabac
Jan 3, 2012
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Wonderful tea. It's fresh, has a complex aroma with cherry and flowers taste, good for a beginner. You have to be a little generous in quantity to brew a good tea. Definitively I recommend this tea.
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