Light Steamed "Asamushi" Tea

light steamed green teaAsamushi Sencha The green teas in this category, known in Japanese as "asamushi-cha", or light steamed green teas, are steamed for a shorter period of time than your typical sencha. The period in which any green tea is steamed depends on various characteristics such as where it was grown, elevation, etc. Like deep steamed green tea, not all green teas are suitable for light steaming.

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  • Ujibashi San no Ma - Uji Sencha

    Ujibashi San no Ma - Uji Sencha

    • A Tsuen Tea!
    Score: 5.00 (votes: 12)
    Reviews: 12
    • $31.02 USD
  • Aoi Uji Asamushi Sencha

    Aoi Uji Asamushi Sencha

    • A Tsuen Tea!

    It's our pleasure to be able to offer the outstanding Uji Sencha "Aoi", ("Green") from Japan's oldest teashop, Tsuen Tea. This item consists of yabukita leaves from the first harvest and is Tsuen's second highest ranked sencha, the first being their San no Ma. This lightly steamed sencha (asamushi) yields a very wonderful nice grassy aroma. Here is your chance to try some of the best of what Japan has to offer in Japanese green tea, directly from the banks of the Uji river.

    Net Wt. 100 grams

    Score: 4.88 (votes: 17)
    Reviews: 15
    • $25.38 USD
  • Kyoto Sencha - Chadōraku

    Kyoto Sencha - Chadōraku

    • A Tsuen Tea!
    • Rare!

    Starting in 2016, we began to offer an especially select Kyoto sencha from the Tsuen teahouse in Uji, Kyoto Japan. They call this lineup "Chadōraku" and each year it is different. Tsuen teashop owner Yusuke Tsuen is an expert tea taster and has won many awards in tea tasting competitions so you can be sure that what he selects will be outstanding.

    For 2017 it's our pleasure to be able to offer an especially outstanding, Limited Edition light steamed green tea ("asamushi-cha") from Minamiyamashiro village (お茶の京都みなみやましろ村) near Uji. We exclusively obtain this from Japan's oldest teashop, Tsuen Tea. This item is 100% Sakimidori leaves from the first harvest. Seldom do we come across a light steamed green tea with needles of this quality and appearance. When brewed, it yields a very nice pronounced Kyoto umami flavor. The astringency is a bit strong and it's got somewhat of a tart taste and for that reason, we consider this to be somewhat of an advanced brewer's green tea. If brewed properly under capable hands, however, it will result in a very nice infusion with strong umami aftertaste. Although you could brew this in any type of Japanese teapot, you will get the best out of it by brewing in either a hōhin or shiboridashi teapot.

    Yes, we realize it is rather expensive - obviously a lot of hard work went into producing this gem of a green tea. However, our job has always been to first and foremost obtain the best green teas possible for our customers with pricing being a secondary (but still important) consideration. For that reason, we offer this in 30 gram packaging. To keep costs down, this is one of the few green teas we carry in which we will not be able to offer bonus points. Here is your chance to try some of the best of what Japan has to offer in Japanese green tea.


    Net Wt. 30 grams

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 4)
    Reviews: 3
    • $23.50 USD
  • Kabusecha - Organic

    Kabusecha - Organic

    • Organic

    This organic kabusecha green tea comes from Kirishima City, Kagoshima and is of course harvested from the first round of young leaves. Organic Kabusecha is grown for 14 to 20 days under 45% shade before harvest giving it taste characteristics of both sencha and gyokuro. This 2016 version comes from the Yabukita clone and is medium steamed.  We consider this gem to be one of our best aquisitions of 2017, the aroma is unusually strong, it has a lovely green color and is quite flavorful.  Brew as you would for sencha. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.

    Price shown includes 100 grams of tea per package

    This product is also available for automatic monthly delivery!

    Score: 4.91 (votes: 22)
    Reviews: 21
    • $15.04 USD
  • Asanoka Sencha

    Asanoka Sencha

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)
    Reviews: 2
    • $15.04 USD
  • Kanayamidori Organic Sencha

    Kanayamidori Organic Sencha

    From Kirishima in Kagoshima Prefecture, Southern Japan. Don't let the low price fool you - Organic Kanayamidori Sencha is a very delicious 100% certified organic green tea! From the first harvest of course, a light steamed ( asamushi ). Well balanced with just the right amount of astringency and very aromatic. Nitrogen flushed and vacuum packaged, it is completely freshly packaged in Japan at the source and sent to you directly from our headquarters in Japan.

    Available in 100 gram packages

    Score: 4.25 (votes: 4)
    Reviews: 3
    • $13.16 USD
  • Zairai Organic Kirishima Sencha

    Zairai Organic Kirishima Sencha

    • Rare!
    • Unique!

    Grown organically in the mountainous Kirishima area of Kagoshima Prefecture. Lightly steamed, organic Kirishima Zairai sencha has a light yellow green color to it, medium body, and rather unique taste and aroma due to it's high iron content.  Zairai means "native" in Japanese and refers to the fact that this tea is from no known modern cultivar and is a close derivitive of the original tea plants imported into Japan from China in the 14th century. Since it is "wild" and grown from seed instead of cloning, there is quite a lot of variation between individual plants which gives the leaf a non-uniform leaf structure and charactaristics of a blend. Although it is considered a hardier plant to culitviate, the lack of leaf conformity, in addition to lower yield than recent clones does not encourage growers to grow it means you will not come across this unique tea often.

    Very delicious, here's your chance to experience a green tea with characteristics of the teas of old Japan. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.

    Available in 100 gram packages

    Score: 4.76 (votes: 21)
    Reviews: 19
    • $13.16 USD