Loose Japanese Green Tea

Loose Japanese Green Tea: sencha, Bancha, Houghi Cha & Genmaicha.

Japan has a magnificent tea tradition. All Japanese teas are green. Bancha has characteristically straight, coarse leaves. Others, such as Sencha, are more refined and have a more delicate taste. The best loose Japanese green tea is picked by hand, steamed and then dried over a charcoal fire. Many, being partially grown in the shade are especially healthy. The first Green Japanese teas grown were originally from Chinese seed, planted by Buddhist monks in 805 AD. Tea in Japan is mainly picked using mechanical shears which gives the bushes, planted in long rows, their characteristic arched shape. The most expensive Green Japanese teas are still picked by hand. Most Green Japanese teas are steamed for up to one minute. This has the effect of preserving the leaf’s rich emerald green colour and giving their teas robust flavour and uniquely complex vegetal taste. These can have an attractive sweetness and grassiness. Gyokuro is the very best Japanese green tea picked in late spring and, like Matcha, is produced from leaves grown in the shade, giving a mild sweetness due to its lower tannin content. Japanese Matcha remains the best Japanese Green tea due to the quality of the Tencha leaf which is ground in stone mills to create Matcha. It is used in the Tea Ceremony. Sencha is Japan’s most popular green tea for general consumption having a mild taste and needle like appearance. Having a coarser, more wiry leaf, Bancha has a milder taste. Genmaicha is a traditional Green Japanese tea comprising sencha to which toasted rice has been added. Bancha Houghi Cha is another traditional tea that, uniquely, is roasted to produce a delightfully nutty tea. Whilst sencha is picked from spring to autumn it is the earliest spring pickings that have the darkest green leaf and have the sweetest and strongest flavour. They are therefore the most expensive. These Japanese teas are made with great skill requiring nine to fourteen stages in making these Sencha teas. High in EGCG, Sencha has been recommended in: ‘Anticancer a New Way of Life’ by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, published by Penguin Health.

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Feedback has been compiled from 17 customer reviews

DateProductScoreCustomer Comment

Sencha Organic Japanese Uchiyama green tea

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Service rating : Apart from a little spillage from the filled tin which needed to be wiped away on unwrapping, I have no complaints. Tea really good, possibly a little 'dusty'.
Product : Covered in comments above.


On 09-Jan-2017 the supplier responded:
I am concerned to hear your reservations about the teas received. Tins are prone to leakage so the lids are taped. There should be no reason for the tea being 'dusty'. I suggest that you return the tea at our cost so we can examine this and send new lots.

Sencha Gyokuro Asahi (Jade Dew) organic Japanese tea

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Service:++
Product:nyt

Site is pretty user friendly,
Shipping was swift.

Japanese Genmaicha Green Tea

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Service rating : Ordered teas for my husband (I'm not a big Green Tea drinker), online order process was easy and delivery quick and efficient.
Product : My husband tells me that this Genmaicha is one of the best he has tasted. He's looking forward to trying the others once he has finished this one.

Japanese Sencha Gyokuro Asahi (Jade Dew) organic

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Service:++
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Fantastic quality and good value for money! Nice to get some rarer teas

Japanese Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

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Service rating : Delivery is always timely, and the teas certainly have plenty of flavour, whatever ones personal preferences.
Product : For me this is a very good Japanese style green tea. Lots of flavour and very 'Japanese'

Japanese Bancha Green Tea

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Service is always good

Japanese Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

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Prompt delivery

Japanese Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

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Good prompt service and excellent tea..

Japanese Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

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Have been using Greys teas for awhile now. Fresh tea and quick deliveries. Good company.

Japanese Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

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Service rating : I have tried three other online sources for loose leaf tea and Greys had the selection of teas I wanted. I liked the website and information about the teas, but it would have been helpful to see the price before clicking to get the details for a particular tea. It was the best experience for buying teas on line and I shall stick to Greys for future purchases.
Product : Have never drunk Japanese green tea before so I am no judge. I would find advice on brewing time helpful. Some teas have it on the packet and some don't. I am experimenting with how strong / weak to make it.


On 10-Feb-2015 the supplier responded:
We have now added the brewing time to this tea (three minutes). As with all green teas ensure that the fresh boiled water has cooled to around 80 degrees celcius before infusing. Try around 3 grams (one teaspoon) per 100 ml (cup) of water.

Richard Grey