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Kagoshima Sencha Sae Midori


Score: 4.90. Votes: 10

From the first harvest, this is a very special sencha from Kagoshima prefecture located at the southern tip of Japan. O-Cha.com was the first internet tea shop to offer Sae Midori to the general public outside of Japan and it indeed has proven itself to be a popular choice since introduction.

A very easy to brew green tea! The "Sae Midori" clone of green tea plant is a cross between Yabukita and Asatsuyu varieties and was only just registered in 1990. Since it does not tolerate frost, it is mostly grown in Southern Kagoshima. Strong in color and aroma, but a bit on the sweet side, you will be greeted with a very wonderful, grassy aroma upon opening of the package. Without a doubt, this item offers one of the most intense, emerald green color you will likely ever come across in any green tea. We are sure you will be pleased!

Note that this is a deep steamed green tea with very fine, almost dust-like leaf particles. While you can brew it in a variety of teapots, it is best prepared in a teapot designed for fukamushi-cha (deep steamed green tea)

Available in 100 gram packages.

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  • Weight
    110 g
  • SKU
    16404
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Easy Brewer!
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      100% Kagoshima Prefecture
    • Year
      2015
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Sae Midori
    • Shading
      Full Sun
    • Steaming
      Deep
    • Color
      Deep Green
    • Aroma
      Medium
    • Taste
      Green
    • Astringency
      Mild
    • Clarity
      Thick/Cloudy
    • First infusions per Pkg
      22
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      .6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      79℃ (175℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
      45
Customer reviews
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Score: 4.90. Votes: 10
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  • Jayden Nielson
    Apr 1, 2015, 01:24
    The vibrant emerald color is what attracted me to this tea. The leafs have a beautiful aroma; however, I was a little disappointed with the faint flavor. Maybe I'll try the Yutaka Midori next time.  Advantages: Easy to brew . Great sencha for beginners! Disadvantages: not too flavorful and expensive
  • Amy Prince
    Mar 2, 2015, 05:05
    Excellent tea! Love the umami character. The second infusion is much richer and cloudier than the first, which I enjoy. 
  • Justin Simpson
    Jan 6, 2015, 12:26
    The tea is great as well is O-cha's customer service im glad i found this site.
  • S Swinton
    May 18, 2014, 12:00
    A wonderful grassy aroma when you open the packet. The taste is divine, as this is Sincha I used less leaves and brewed at 80, which made a perfect cup, lovely first thing in the morning. Advantages: Lovely aroma and great taste.
  • Edward Gallant
    May 16, 2014, 21:25
    An admirable sencha.  It has a strong aroma and an obvious taste. The brewing instructions on the package are economical and yield a good cup. This tea reminds me of a sencha I had from Mobata. Mobata is one of my favourite senchas, so that is no complaint. Advantages: Good price Obvious, delicious flavour Wonderful fragrance
  • David Britton
    Apr 30, 2014, 12:00
    The enjoyment began as soon as the bag was opened. I immediately noticed the very pleasant and fresh aroma. Being shincha, I still used quite a bit of leaf but lowered the water temperature to 158. The first brew was 60 seconds, the second immediately poured, the third about 30.  This tea is very green as only Japanese tea can be. Brewed as above, it had some astringency, which I like, but this could easily be tamed, if desired, by using less leaf. Next time I'll increase the third brew to about 45 seconds; the first two were close to perfect as is. This is a first-rate tea, 5 stars all the way. Advantages: Easy to brew but start with lower water temperature, less leaf and shorter brew times and increase from there, as desired.  Disadvantages: Those who don't care for astringency need to reduce their brewing parameters. Since this is shincha it should be brewed different than the same tea would be brewed later in the year. Cut down the leaf, temperature and brew times!
  • Charles Cook
    Apr 23, 2014, 01:15
    I love this tea. The taste is bright and grassy; and it is easy to brew. Quite a beautiful tea to wake up to in the morning.
  • Laurie Miller
    Sep 28, 2013, 23:53
    I think I've drunk more of this tea than any other. Fukamushis can be too powerful for me, but this one brewed with less leaf, very short infusions, and a few tricks with the temperature produces a wonderful grassy-sweet sencha that suits my delicate palate. Advantages: Adapts well to varied brewing parameters to get it exactly how you want it. And the way I drink it, it's quite cheap, since I don't use much leaf.  Disadvantages: As with most fukamushis, that second infusion packs a wallop. I tend to dilute it in the cup.

Product questions

  • Oliver Frank
    Dec 10, 2015, 17:00

    Hello!

    I have ordered the Kagoshima Sencha Sae Midori. Is this tea a non-organic tea?  Is it common in Japan, that the same tea is available as organic and not organic?

    Usually I prefer organic teas as I am worried about the health issues caused by pesticide etc. This is because I consume high quantities of green tea every day....

    I hope, you can clarify.....

    Thank you! 

    O-Cha.com Staff
    Dec 10, 2015, 17:32

    It is quite common to have a type of tea available in both organic and non-organic versions. The exception to that would be gyokuro, where almost no high quality organic versions exist.

    All Japanese green teas must adhere to strict regulations regarding maximum residue levels of pesticides, organically grown or not.

    Regarding this particular tea, although the quality is very high, it is not organic.  We do have a rather  rare, light steamed, organic "kabusecha" Sae Midori and also another somewhat rare light steamed, non-organic Sae Midori that you may want to check out.

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