Otsūsan Uji Sencha

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Score: 4.13. Votes: 8

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!

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  • Weight
    110 g
  • SKU
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Medium - Brew w/ care
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      100% Uji
    • Year
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Proprietary Blend
    • Shading
      Full Sun
    • Steaming
      Medium to Deep
    • Color
      Deep Green
    • Aroma
    • Taste
    • Astringency
    • Clarity
      Somewhat Cloudy
    • First infusions per Pkg
    • 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)
    • Notes
      Supplied to us from Japan's oldest tea shop.
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Score: 4.13. Votes: 8
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  • Cory
    May 23, 2017, 10:50
    Every time I open the tin with this tea inside, I remember why it's one of my favorites to keep around as an everyday green tea. Otsūsan is delicious and quite affordable. It's a touch sweeter than its cousin Musashi (which is also very tasty)—and at this price, I don't hesitate to fill a larger tin with 200 g of it.
  • Fred
    Feb 17, 2017, 16:28
    Very nice. Not as sweet as other stem teas, but the tartness is really pleasant.
  • uyen pham
    Jul 11, 2016, 23:44
    This one tastes great the first brew but you have to use a little more tea leaves. The second brew does not have the same taste.
  • Glenn Polin
    Apr 3, 2016, 11:56
    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.
  • Áron Macsicza
    Mar 12, 2016, 23:46
    As 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 Hardcastle
    Feb 11, 2016, 03:56
    Another 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 Ogorodnik
    Feb 9, 2016, 22:46
    This 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.
  • Betty
    Dec 11, 2015, 21:41
    This 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. :-)

Product questions

  • Kenton Mullins
    Jun 25, 2016, 05:06

    I know that it is not certified organic, but is the Uji Sencha Otsuusan (SKU 16146) grown pesticide free?

    Kevin Moore
    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.

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