Uji Sencha Otsūsan

Score: 4.18 (votes: 17)
Reviews: 15
4.18 |

It's O-Cha.com's pleasure to be able to provide you with the Tsuen blend "Otsuusan" karigane sencha, from Japan's oldest tea shop. This is probably the most popular green tea in the Tsuen tea shop in Uji Japan. A proprietary blend Yabukita breed karigane sencha. The stems from gyokuro leaves are added, giving this tea somewhat of a unique "tart", sharp taste.  A bit sweeter and more green than Tsuen's similar Musashi version. Try it today!

Package includes 100 grams.

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  • $14.40 USD
Stck :  
    • Gewicht
      110 g
    • Art.-Nr.
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Medium - Brew w/ care
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      100% Uji
    • Year
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Proprietary Blend
    • Shading
      Full Sun
    • Steaming
      Medium to Deep
    • Color
      Deep Green
    • Aroma
    • Taste
    • Astringency
    • Clarity
      Somewhat Cloudy
    • First infusions per Pkg
    • Organic
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      .7g per 1oz (30ml)
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      74℃ (165℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
    • Notes
      Supplied to us from Japan's oldest tea shop.
Customer reviews
Average rating:
4.18 (Votes: 17)
Rating of votes (17)
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  • Kris Spindler
    Mai 18, 2021, 16:38
    I find this to be my go-to green tea as my daily drinker. Very easy to brew and is always delicious and thirst-quenching.
  • Leo Kong
    Jul 29, 2020, 12:57
    Brewed as follows (6 grams / 300 mL or 6 grams / 250 mL):
    1. 70 C 60 s : thick brothy taste. Aroma of fresh hay
    2. 80 C 30 s : lighter broth with stronger hay aroma. At times, hints of orchid flowers and mint
    3. 80 C 1 min 45 s: very light broth with light grassy aroma. May benefit from longer infusion depending on taste as it develops astringency but also floweriness.
    4. (Optional): up to 6 minutes 90 C. The result is a more astringent brew and less complexity.

    The tartness is very temperature dependent, and rises as temperature goes down. When the tea is cold, the tartness is not pleasant. The complex changes in tartness, brothiness (umami) and hay aroma as the tea cools is very interesting. Theanine and caffeine levels must be high as mood and energy are greatly elevated after second infusion. Thank you, O-cha, for sourcing this wonderful tea.
  • Sergii Rumiantsev
    Apr 2, 2018, 18:46
    Strong flavor, a little bit sweet, very resonable price. Recommend.
  • Jay Iwasaki
    Okt 25, 2017, 17:44
    One of the best green teas I've ever had. One of the best values as well.

    I'm not so great at describing the flavour, but it's strong without being overpowering. Sweet with umami, generally well rounded. 2nd brewings are also as good as first brewings of some green teas I've tried, which makes this incredibly good value.
  • Denise Fischer
    Sep 4, 2017, 00:25
    This is my daily tea that I have been drinking from O-cha for over five years. I have tried many and this one I prefer and it is reasonably priced.
  • Janet
    Aug 3, 2017, 03:46
    I read O-Cha's comments below and agree completely. I realize I made a mistake in my review. 90C was the kettle temp, not the brewing temp. I agree with all their comments and although I do like this tea brewed slightly hotter, I usually prefer tea brewed with lower temps and times.
    Original post:
    After experimentation, I decided that I preferred this tea brewed with very hard water and a higher brew temperature (about 90C). I also use a rounded 1T to 6oz water. Brewed as directed, it seemed rather flat to me. I tried making it with bottled water at both cooler and warmer temperatures and different amounts of leaf before deciding I preferred it at the higher temp with harder water (my tap water is very hard.) I also do the second infusion for 2 minutes and the third for 4 to 5 minutes. I also found I liked it made with tea treats better than sipping by itself. Hope that helps!
    O-Cha.com Japanese Green Tea & Matcha
    Aug 3, 2017, 10:37
    We think 90 C is too high for this. Brew time is also quite important. Over-boiling water will make tea taste flat, only bring the water to where it's simmering then turn it off. Cool the water down by first pouring the water into the cups, this will also add oxygen to the water. Technique is important.
  • Christophe FRISON
    Aug 1, 2017, 16:50
    One of the most delicious tea I've ever tasted. I recommand.
  • Cory
    Mai 23, 2017, 10:50
    Every time I open the tin with this tea inside, I remember why it's one of my favorites to keep around as an everyday green tea. Otsūsan is delicious and quite affordable. It's a touch sweeter than its cousin Musashi (which is also very tasty)—and at this price, I don't hesitate to fill a larger tin with 200 g of it.

Product questions

  • Kenton Mullins
    Jun 25, 2016, 05:06

    I know that it is not certified organic, but is the Uji Sencha Otsuusan (SKU 16146) grown pesticide free?

    Admin Kevin
    Jun 26, 2016, 12:36

    I can't say specifically if this particular product was ever grown pesticide free at some point of it's growth cycle, this varies from grower to grower, tea to tea. However, pesticides, when used, are usually used in the late fall and winter before new growth has commenced and spring growth normally does not have pesticide exposure. All Japanese green teas, organic or not, are subject to strict regulations on MRL (minimum residue levels) and are regularly tested for this.

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