Sencha is one of the best known green tea types. Originally consumed by Buddhist monks as a remedy and for spiritual composure, it is today considered a source of inspiration and vitality. Sencha means boiled tea: Sen = boil, Cha = tea. Firstly the tea leaves are folded lengthwise while drying on warm trays, then they are heated in wood-fueled pans in order to stop the fermentation. You will immediately recognize the long, well-worked, grass green leaves in this quality tea. After the infusion, the full leaf structure can be seen, and the cup has a bright yellow color. The fresh, grass like flavor with a fine sweetness is a pleasure for each Sencha enthusiast!
Reasons we LOVE this tea:
- flat, broad green tea leaves brew to a bright cup with a refreshing, slightly sweet vegi taste.
- impressive leaf quality with a subtle finish.
- According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: “Beneficial Effects of Green Tea – A Review” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))