I was disappointed in this tea (and still am, each time I try it). The heavenly fragrance I associate with my best sencha experiences is not there. I have tried using more or less leaves, all at 175 degrees, but the result is a flat taste, not fragrant, with this tart or slightly sour edge that others have tried to describe.
I don't get any sense of gyokuro from this tea, and the feel of sencha is very subdued. And as someone else mentions, even the second brewing is indistinct, and the third very watery.
I should say that I have tried other sencha blends (from other tea vendors), such as sencha with toasted rice, and have always been disappointed. These just dilute the sencha experience, which is wonderful with the right high quality tea. So this blend is another confirmation that for me, I should stick with straight sencha.
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Ratings and Reviews of Uji Sencha Otsūsan
Glenn PolinApr 3, 2016, 11:56O-Cha.com Japanese Green Tea & MatchaAug 3, 2017, 10:42This is indeed a somewhat tart tea but this style and taste is very popular where it originates in Uji and if you go there you will be served this kind of tea when you go visit tea houses. It is not supposed to be floral, even though it uses gyokuro stems. To make this properly you make it with a lot of leaf and the first infusion is the best for sure. Technique is important when making this tea.
Áron MacsiczaMar 12, 2016, 23:46As every single review, this one is going to be utterly subjective, nevertheless these are my impressions:
I have to disagree with Violetta´s opinion. What she experienced must have been due to the small amount of leaves she used. I personally like my teas stronger, this one is no exception, I prepare it similarly to the gyokuros, which means more leaves and colder water, 65 C approximately. If you prepare it properly, even the third infusion is really enjoyable and still on the sweeter side of the spectrum. You can have up to 5 infusions, even though those will lose the sweetness and will be somewhat bitterish. (often I prepare 6) My personal impression is that this tea is rather sweet but I gave my colleagues a few sips and they told me it is quite bitter. I have to emphasize that they do not drink teas at all so for me their opinion is irrelevant :)
I give 4 stars only because 5 would mean that it is perfect. But considering the taste, the price and the 100g package it is an excellent everyday tea which will not empty your wallet totally. + I guess no one drinks competition grade gyokuro on a daily basis ;) I have already bough 9 or more packages of this tea what explains everything.
In a nutshell: It is a very nice sencha with a slight sweetish touch of gyokuro.
Sean HardcastleFeb 11, 2016, 03:56Another fine tea from Tsuen Tea. Hard to describe, it's a sort of bitter tast, but not in a bad way. Then the sweetness comes through. A lovely drink I would recommend to anyone.
Violetta OgorodnikFeb 9, 2016, 22:46This one is not what I like, you can brew it only two times, third one is just nothing, watery, and taste is just average. Won't buy it again, there are some more higher quality ones.
BettyDec 11, 2015, 21:41This sencha has a very nice balanced taste with a hint of something special. It's not too difficult to brew, and the taste is very addictive. :-)