What is Sencha tea?
Sencha green tea is the most popular and beloved tea of Japan. As most others types of Japanese tea, it is produced with the steamed method. Sencha tea leaves are traditionally rolled into needle shapes to preserve their scent and flavor. If you take a closer look, you might notice tiny pieces of broken leaves. Do not consider it as an imperfection. These fine particles add to the rich mouthfeel and luxurious velvety texture of the infusion.
What kind of tea is it?
Mild, grassy (think of cooked spinach and artichokes), balanced right between salty and sweet. Some will offer a hint of astringency.
Fukamushi (deep-steamed) sencha deserves a special note here. No other tea can offer such a thick full-bodied brew, mellow buttery flavor, and darker green color. During fukamushi tea production, the tea leaves are steamed much longer than usual. Sometimes, they are deep steamed, broken, and then steamed again. That is why Fukamushi sencha tea leaves have very fine, almost dust-like texture. When properly steeped (just 30 seconds is enough), the tea produces rich, characteristically cloudy infusion without a hint of bitterness.