Conclusions: A trio of senchas

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.

Cheers,

Drew B (teaxplorer)

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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