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No. 69

Supreme Sencha - Loose Leaf

Japanese Green Tea

Bright and sea-fresh, with grassy notes and a complex, creamy mouthfeel, our award-winning loose-leaf Supreme Sencha is one of our finest luxury Japanese teas.

From: Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture, Japan

LOOSE LEAF
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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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Carrier

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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 parcels being sent to EU countries from the UK. This is due to complexities arising as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. If there is any disruption to the service that you have selected, we will keep you updated.The table below provides estimates of shipping times.

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Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

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.

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

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 Supreme Sencha Japanese Green Tea


With its kelp-green leaves and aroma of fresh grass and seaweed, our Great Taste award-winning loose-leaf Supreme Sencha calls to mind the coastal area where it's grown. One of our top picks from 2020, this beautifully refreshing Japanese green tea has a mellow sweetness balanced by a mild astringency that makes it a perfect morning or post-meal infusion. It is also a Great Taste 2020 award-winning tea.

Harvested in Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture, on the Pacific coast of Honshu, this outstanding No. 69 Sencha green tea is made in a time-honoured tradition: plucked early in the spring harvest, quickly steamed to halt oxidation, then immediately rolled and dried, locking in the verdant nature of its long, broken, needle-like leaves.

Underscoring Supreme Sencha's grassy freshness is the subtle green hue of the brew, complemented by an outstanding, complex flavour and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Enjoy this tea like the Japanese do: hot in the colder winter months and chilled during the summer heat.

Learn more about our Supreme Sencha


Where does Sencha tea come from?


Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan, representing about 80 per cent of Japanese tea production. At The Tea Makers of London, we work very closely with Japanese farmers to ensure that only the most exceptional. High-quality tea leaves end up in your teacup. Like our exquisite Supreme Sencha, some of the finest examples are painstakingly cultivated by the tea farmers of Ise Bay, whose tea expertise has been passed from generation to generation for more than 800 years.

Supreme Sencha is grown in full sunlight and is delicately hand-picked, then lightly steamed to prevent oxidation of the leaves. Following this, the leaves are rolled, shaped and dried. This step creates the customary thin and cylindrical sencha tea leaf, known for its fine and fragile structure. Finally, after drying, the leaves are heated in a wok to aid in their preservation and add flavour complexity.


The health benefits


Like other speciality green teas, sencha's low-intervention production process helps preserve the mother plant's nutrients and antioxidants. Studies have shown that the health benefits of green tea may include lowered blood pressure and cholesterol,

better resistance to the ageing effects of free radicals – even improved dental health, thanks to its fluoride content. Sencha also has a high concentration of vitamin C, helping support immune system function. But of course, the best reason to drink our Supreme Sencha is its beautiful flavour.


Alternatives to this Japanese loose leaf tea


If you like this tea, consider keeping a caddy of our excellent everyday Sencha or our luxurious Gyokuro green tea in your kitchen cabinet. 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, for the freshness of green tea combined with the toasty notes of roasted rice, try our Genmaicha.

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

Ingredients


Pure Japanese green tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a fresh cut grass and marine aroma and cloudy green infusion. A refined cup with grassy sweet and spinach notes and distinctly umami and creamy mouthfeel.

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. The summers are short and warm, 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, there is significant cloud cover and much larger amounts of rainfall during the summer months. 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

2g - 3g

2g - 3g

80°C

80°C

200ml

200ml

2 - 3 mins

2 - 3 mins

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