Uji Sencha Otsūsan
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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- $10.72 USD
- Shipping Weight110 g
- Loose Leaf
- Ease of BrewingMedium - Brew w/ care
- Net Weight100 g / 3.52 oz
- Growing Region100% Uji
- HarvestFirst and/or Shincha
- BreedProprietary Blend
- ShadingFull Sun
- SteamingMedium to Deep
- ColorDeep Green
- ClaritySomewhat Cloudy
- First infusions per Pkg22
- 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)60
- NotesSupplied to us from Japan's oldest tea shop.
- Julijana BojcevskaSep 10, 2023, 00:56I love this green tea, it's sweet and somewhat strong and not too grassy.
- Billy BusseJul 21, 2022, 05:38This is my favorite sencha. I always include a bag or two in all of my orders. I enjoy it in a tall kyusu when I'm studying. It's a bit astringent with a strong flavor, the karigane blend adds a unique taste and it's overall just excellent. Order in July/August for the freshest batch!
- Kris SpindlerMay 18, 2021, 16:38I 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 KongJul 29, 2020, 12:57Brewed 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 RumiantsevApr 2, 2018, 18:46Strong flavor, a little bit sweet, very resonable price. Recommend.
- Jay IwasakiOct 25, 2017, 17:44One 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 FischerSep 4, 2017, 00:25This 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.
- JanetAug 3, 2017, 03:46I 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.
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 & MatchaAug 3, 2017, 10:37We 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.
- Jun 25, 2016, 05:06
I know that it is not certified organic, but is the Uji Sencha Otsuusan (SKU 16146) grown pesticide free?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.