REVIEW: Whittard of Chelsea – Sencha

Whittard of Chelsea - Sencha

Tea: Sencha tea from China.
Sample provided by: Whittard of Chelsea.
Retail price: £5.75 (125 gram box).
Link to sencha tea on Whittard site.

My comments:
The dry leaf appearance of this tea is light green and very leafy (large bits of tea). The dry leaf has a pleasant, grassy aroma, and this aroma is much more pronounced after brewing.

For my first attempt at making this tea, I cooled the water to 80C degrees and lightly brewed the tea (1.5 minutes). It produced an extremely pale liquor that lacked taste. With my next two attempts, I cooled the water to 90ishC degrees and let the tea brew for 2 to 2.5 minutes. This method, with hotter water and longer brew time, definitely found the sweet spot of the tea. The liquor was much darker, and the taste and aroma were much more pronounced.

This tea is more sweet than vegetal, which would definitely appeal to people who don’t like the strong grassy taste that is found in many Japanese senchas. Initially I was not sure about this tea because it lacks the vegetal taste that I so love, but it has grown on me and I’ve found myself enjoying it in the evenings.

My review: 3.25/5

Steeped two minutes



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 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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