Ocha & Co. Premium Organic Japanese Sencha Loose Leaf Green Tea 100g 3.5oz.
|Price:||($4.85 / Ounce) + $5.99 shipping|
- 100% JAS Organic high grade Sencha.
- Grown in an award winning organic plantation in Shizuoka, Japan at 400-600m above sea level.
- Now Shipping from within the USA 5-7 Days Delivery
- Vacuum-sealed to retain the freshness and ordered weekly in small batches.
- Blended by the winner of the 46th Japanese Ministry of Agriculture tea competition (think Oscars for the tea industry in Japan).
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Premium Organic Japanese Sencha Loose Leaf Green Tea.
Light yellow in the cup, with a fragrant bouquet and a smooth refreshing taste. Made with young organically grown leaves from a JAS certified organic plantation located at 400-600m above sea level (some of the highest in Japan) in the natural surroundings of the Southern Alps in Shizuoka, Japan. Cool temperatures in the mountain areas slows leaf growth and concentrates aroma in the leaf
Small batches are shipped from the manufacturer weekly to ensure long shelf-life. This tea has also been vacuum-sealed immediately after being processed to seal in the freshness. Teas from Ocha & Co. were selected to represent Japan at the 2015 Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia in London and a Sencha from the plantation won first prize Japan`s top tea competition in 2016
The Ocha & Co range is made up of the following high grade teas: Sencha, Fukamushi (deep-steamed sencha), Kabusecha (shade-grown), Reicha (asamushi & Fukamushi blend for cold-brewing), Gyokuro (shade-grown) Kukicha (stems and twigs), Black Tea, Shincha (in season) and Matcha. The teas have been selected to strike a balance between quality and affordability.
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Recently I've been into Chinese greens but, my god, this sencha is so awe-inspiringly good that it's bound to become my daily drinker.
Brewing tips: aim for 170-175 degrees fahrenheit. Supposedly, first bringing the water to a boil and then letting is cool will oxygenate the water and yield a better brew. 1 gram per 50mL of water is what's typically recommended for loose leaf sencha, though I use perhaps 10% less than that. It's very important not to overextract this tea—I did my first extraction for 1:30 and that was way too much, it came out bitter! 1:00 seems like the way to go. As is always the case with a good green tea, you can easily get a good 3 infusions out of the leaves.
I can't thank you enough for providing such a wonderful product to us tea lovers in the States, Ocha & Co!
Appears to be high quality with very few pieces of stems and is free of fine dust from broken leaves. Very happy with this one. It is going on my list to reorder.
The flavor profile is decidedly rather plain and flat; almost exactly what you'd expect from a "green tea". I've tried other senchas in the $8-$10 range for 100g and they had much more character that could possibly be described as "barn-yard-y" or "pungent" or even "wild" or "unkempt" but in a good way. This particular tea, though, is so muted and plain it could fit the category of "bland" but I am just not experienced enough with sencha to know if that is kind or cruel. I've really just been on the lookout for a cheap, affordable sencha I can make iced tea with and $8-10 is about where I'm willing to spend for that. This tea being $18 is a bit of a stretch for that exact application, but this muted, plain, "controlled", (well-behaved?) flavor profile might just be why it is so expensive so let's just say I'm learning on the fly as I think about this in such depth for the first time.
The effect is quite good, I must say. The "drying" effect is excellent and gives great mental focus. Having had a tad too much of it the first pitcher, I even got to a point where it was *too* stimulating caffeine-wise so it's quite potent as I used the same amount as the lower price senchas. It does give you that mind-clearing effect good tea imparts so I commend it for that. I remember now I had done five consecutive steepings all of which retained the original color only waning slightly in strength and without ever becoming overbearing or dense (which is how I know I steeped it properly each time). The more I talk my way through this the more I'm appreciating its steadfast character.
Maybe I'm just used to the "wild/pungent/grassy" flavor of the cheaper senchas because it cuts through the ice? I think that might be it. I'll have to see about Ocha & Co.'s other offerings as I'd like to find a dependable supplier that vacuum-packs their tea leaves. ;)
the vacuun packed bag conatins plenty of tea. Smells great, too. Shipes all the way from Japan apparently but still came quickly.
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