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No. 51

Sencha - Loose Leaf Tea

Japanese Green Tea

An authentic loose-leaf Japanese tea with a clean green flavour, our award-winning Sencha is refreshing, grassy-sweet and delicious whether drunk hot or cold.

From: Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

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Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with sending parcels to EU countries from the UK. This is due to the UK leaving the European Union. We will keep you updated with any notifications as they happen.

Please note that a tracking number is not provided for EU Standard deliveries. For the latest information regarding the status of our delivery partners, please see the following links: DPD (UK) - Service Updates DHL | COVID-19 (simplydhl.com)

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Transit time

Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

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Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Sencha Japanese green tea


Harvested in the historic tea-growing district of Ise Bay, Japan, our No. 51 loose leaf Sencha is an Great Taste award-winning luxury green tea picked from the treasured spring flush on a farm cultivated by Yosh Tsutsumi. With a fresh grass and seaweed aroma, and sweet flavour with subtle umami astringency, it's a high-quality refreshing brew that can be enjoyed hot or cold at any time of day.

Deep green, broken needle-like tea leaves create a clear, light-green infusion with sunny yellow undertones. In the mouth are more of those grassy characters, along with a creamy quality that makes for supremely smooth sipping.

First-flush Sencha like this Great Taste Awards winner are considered the finest of their kind, and we work closely with producer to source the best from each harvest. Our Japanese Sencha green tea is grown from the hybrid Saemidori (it means 'clear green') cultivar at around sea level in the Ise Bay area of Mie Prefecture on Honshu, where tea has been grown for some 800 years.

Learn more about our Japanese Sencha


What is sencha tea?


Much loved for its light vegetal character and fresh, grassy quality Sencha is one of the most popular teas in Japan and certainly one of its most successful exports. A Buddhist monk called Eisai is widely credited with introducing tea farming to Japan, bringing seeds back from a visit to China in 1191. His book, Kissa Yojoki (which can be translated as 'How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea'), was the first book about tea in Japan.

Tea, the monks believed, was beneficial to both health and meditation. Their uptake was followed by the tea ceremonies associated with Samurai and Japanese intellectual culture – created to appreciate the arts, philosophy, education and politics while enjoying the brain-sharpening benefits of this hot 'new' caffeinated beverage.

By the 16th century, tea bushes were being shade-grown to boost chlorophyll and mellow out the leaves' flavour. A method still used today in the production of matcha. But it was during Sakoku, Japan's period of self-imposed isolation from 1633 to 1853, that local tea growers really started experimenting with unique production techniques.

In 1738, a tea farmer called Nagatani Soen made the first batch of recognisably modern sencha by quickly steaming the leaves to halt oxidation. He then immediately dried and rolled them, thereby locking in their garden freshness and rich green hue.

Much the same technique is still used in the production of sencha, representing about 80 per cent of the Japanese tea industry. Our Japanese Sencha tea is steamed, gently machine-rolled and shaped during the teas production into the customary thin, cylindrical form of tea leaf, which has a very fine and fragile structure. Finally, the leaves go through hot-air drying to reduce the moisture content, aiding preservation and capturing the tea's distinctive flavour.


The health benefits of sencha green tea


Like other speciality green teas, sencha is made from young, unoxidised leaves through a low-intervention production process that helps preserve the mother plant's nutrients and antioxidants. Studies have shown that the health benefits of green tea may include weight loss, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, better resistance to the ageing effects of free radicals – even improved dental health, thanks to its fluoride content. But the best reason to drink our Sencha – whether served comfortingly warm or refreshingly chilled – is its beautifully clean, green flavour.


If you loved this Japanese loose leaf tea…


If you like this tea, you'll love our luxurious Gyokuro green tea or our next-level Supreme Sencha, also from the Ise Bay area of Mie, Japan. Double the health benefits of Japanese sencha by combining it with matcha in a caddy of clean-tasting Sencha Matcha or enjoying our antioxidant-rich Sencha Goji Berry blend. Alternatively, try Supreme Genmaicha, which combines the fresh taste of green tea with the toasty notes of roasted rice, or Genmaicha Iri Matcha, which adds matcha into the mix for a delicious three-dimensional flavour.

Sencha Japanese green tea is beautifully refreshing when chilled. Learn how to cold-brew tea here. To discover more about the many forms of green tea, take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Green Tea.

Ingredients


Japanese Green Tea

Tasting notes


This tea has a clean green flavour. Refreshing, grassy-sweet and delicious whether drunk hot or cold.

Region


The Ise Bay is a cove situated just South East of Japan, in the Mie Prefecture, facing the Philippine Sea. The elevation across the plains varies between sea level and 64m above, and the climate is of the humid subtropical type (CFA).

Learn more about the Ise Bay

Strong seasonality defines this region. There are short warm Summers with temperatures between 21°C and 30°C. As the season ends, Autumn begins to see the temperature slowly drop over the months into the winter season, where temperatures hover between 4°C and 13°C. As Winter ends, the Spring allows temperatures to gently climb until they once again reach Summer.

Across the year, the sky is mostly cloudy to overcast and brings with it low to medium amounts of rainfall. However, during the Summer months, there is significant cloud cover and much larger amounts of rainfall. In combination with warm temperatures, humidity peaks at 98% and contrasts the late Autumn to Winter months, where the air is typically very dry.

In terms of wind, cool, blustery gales are picked up across the sea and brought inland all year long. However, Summer sees a much lower, more gentle breeze. The Bay, where the ocean waters meet the estuaries of the Kiso Three, Nikko and Honai rivers, is famous for its fish and seaweed. The Ise-Shima national park, on the southernmost tip of the bay, is home to loggerhead turtles, as well as native species of hibiscus and spider lily.

How to brew

2 - 3g

2 - 3g

80°C

80°C

200ml

200ml

2 - 3mins

2 - 3mins

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