Like with many things in life, the quality of the product is typically reflected in the price. Going into this round of reviews I did not expect to find an inexpensive sencha that rivalled a sencha from a small Japanese tea garden.
I did, however, find that there are everyday senchas in shops that offer sencha lovers that special taste and aroma for a reasonable price. With this round of tea reviews, I enjoyed the Yamamotoyama sencha the most. I will admit that I’m entirely bias towards senchas with a strong grassy flavour, and this is the benchmark that I judge all senchas. I also enjoyed the Whittard sencha, and I see how this could appeal to many green tea drinkers, but I do think it is a very different drinking experience compared to the Yamamotoyama sencha.
One question that did come out of this round of reviews pertains to geography. Two of the three teas I reviewed are from China – clearly not the place to originally produce senchas. I am wondering if there are any Chinese senchas out there that can really compare to high-quality Japanese senchas? I am guessing that the answer is no because of climate factors and tea growing and manufacturing techniques. I also wonder about the wholesale price of Chinese sencha compared to Japanese sencha. For example, is Chinese sencha extremely less? If anyone has any information about this, I would love to hear more.
Drew B (teaxplorer)