Sencha

Sencha

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.

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

Sencha Japanese green tea

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

Sencha is dried after steaming and, when dry enough, rolled into a variety of shapes until it is completely dry.

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 leaf processing techniques that are used.