Sencha

Sencha

Sometimes called a common Japanese green tea. High quality sencha is most uncommon.

 For high-grade sencha, harvesters pluck either the bud or the bud plus the youngest leaf.

Sencha

The top two leaves and the bud are prized both for their fullness of flavor and their ability to be twisted or rolled into a variety of shapes. 

Sencha

Most tea harvested in Japan is graded as sencha

The quality of sencha is, however, highly variable. Quality depends on the tea's origin, the season, and harvesting techniques that are employed.

Green tea comes from tea plants that are native to Asia. The part of the plant used for making tea is found in the uppermost shoots. This is where the young, tender new leaves and buds are formed.

The top two leaves and the bud are prized both for their fullness of flavor and their ability to be twisted or rolled into a variety of shapes.