Yutaka Midori Sencha

Score: 4.85 (votes: 68)
Reviews: 56
4.85 |
26   – Reward points

Currently this green tea is classified as shincha

O-Cha.com was the first internet tea shop to offer Yutaka Midori to the general public outside of Japan and it indeed has proven itself to be a popular choice since introduction. 

From the first harvest, a very special sencha from Kagoshima prefecture located at the southern tip of Japan. Kagoshima Sencha Yutaka Midori - Undoubtedly one of our most most popular green teas, this item is definitely a favorite with green tea connoisseurs. This year's version hails from Ei Town. Yutaka Midori is an exceptionally "green" green tea. We urge you to compare this sencha against any of the others available on the internet for it's nice emerald green color, wonderful aroma, and excellent taste. The reviews speak for themselves!

Brewing Notes:  We have recently brought the recommended brew time down to 30 seconds, this tea can be quite bold!

Available in 100 gram packages.


  • $18.72 USD
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    • Shipping Weight
      110 g
    • SKU
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Medium - Brew w/ care
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      Kagoshima Prefecture
    • Year
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Yutaka Midori
    • Shading
      Full Sun
    • Steaming
    • Color
      Deep Green
    • Aroma
    • Taste
    • Astringency
    • Clarity
    • First infusions per Pkg
    • Organic
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      .6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      74℃ (165℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
    • Notes
      A legendary green tea, one of our very best
Customer reviews
Average rating:
4.85 (Votes: 68)
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  • Michael Zaurov
    Jan 22, 2023, 03:15
    This is my favorite sencha. I've tried most others on O-cha, as well as a few other tea vendors like Ippodo, and I keep coming back to this. It has the perfect balance of astringency and umami, very hearty and warming taste.
  • Harry Harris
    Dec 25, 2020, 01:24
    Lovely and balanced, with some sweetness at front then dry with a nutty aroma. Another reviewer mentioned chestnut, which I think is right. Wasn't very impressed with the second infusion, but will certainly be buying this again for the unique nuttiness and value.
  • Gerald Gaiser
    Sep 20, 2020, 01:36
    New to Japanese green teas, but this one has become a favorite. Thick, cloudy and an edge of bitterness. Grassy and umami. Holds up well through 3 infusions.
  • hblaze
    Nov 14, 2018, 02:28
    Really great color. A bold tea with a slight chestnut aroma. Works great in multiple infusions.
  • Greg D
    Nov 9, 2018, 10:22
    A good solid green tea. Overall would describe it as having a good full body through several steeps. I enjoy Sae Midori more so from a first steep standpoint, but this tea is more flexible, and tends to re-steep better. Great every day tea.
  • B0shes
    Apr 24, 2018, 03:20
    We have made this our daily tea in the office. Pretty consistent brews, although the second infusion sometimes is a bit bitter if you give it a full 30 seconds. Overall, a great tea.
  • Steve
    Mar 25, 2018, 03:51
    This is an excellent daily sencha. The color, aroma and taste is always impressive to guests, and each time for me as well.
  • Andrew Kong
    Nov 8, 2017, 12:28
    Just finished 100g of this. My second tea after Kabusecha. It's got almost a walnut like taste in my opinion. Seems like it has a deep body and not very sweet at all like Kabusecha was.

Product questions

  • Toivo lundquist
    May 17, 2022, 01:37

    Brewing kagoshima green tea in 8 oz pot, how much caffeine in 3 steepings 5ml of tea

    Kevin Moore
    May 17, 2022, 06:38

    About 30 mg the first steep, each time you steep the same leaves the caffeine is decreased significantly (to almost zero). Most of the caffeine is in the first infusion.

  • randy gettinger
    Dec 20, 2018, 08:42

    Hi Kevin,
    If brewing time is 30 seconds what time is recommended for subsequent infusions and how many can you get?


    Kevin Moore
    Dec 20, 2018, 11:22

    On the second infusion you could do 30, and from then on go 90 seconds. You should get 3 good infusions and after that they'll get progressively weaker.

  • Manfred Müller
    May 14, 2016, 05:55

    I am thinking about buying this shincha. Do you have certificates about test for radiation in shincha teas? I could not find them on the webpage.

    Kevin Moore
    May 14, 2016, 16:45

    We used to carry certificates for the first 4 years after the disasters. However, unsafe levels of radiation were never found in any green tea from Southern Japan where this and most of our teas are produced. It is no long necessary for us to keep supplying certificates for non-existent radiation issues. Regardless, Japanese teas are still tested yearly by the Japanese government and private agencies. If there is ever an issue where radiation is found in Japanese green tea, we would resume posting test results. Until that time, we no longer post radiation certificates for any of our green teas.

  • Lucas Holland
    Apr 29, 2016, 19:17


    I just received this tea, thanks your great service as usual. I'm wondering if there's any way of telling whether I did really get the 2016 shincha version of this tea (maybe something on the packaging?).


    Kevin Moore
    Apr 29, 2016, 19:18


    Look for the sticker in Japanese with this characters: ”新茶” (Shincha)

  • Oliver Frank
    Feb 29, 2016, 08:27


    I have bought this tea and also the Kagoshima Sencha Sae Midori. I think both of these teas are great! I wondered what's the difference between the two teas? For me they seem almost the same - just great! :-)

    Kevin Moore
    Feb 29, 2016, 14:27

    Both of these green teas are considered deep steamed but to different degrees - the Sae Midori is greener in color, very cloudy, more deeply steamed, but less aromatic than Yutaka Midori. Sae Midori is also much easier to brew and it is not as astringent. The Yutaka Midori is not quite as green in color, however it is more aromatic, has more flavor, and is bolder.

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