TJ10: Japanese Sencha

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 15 g 30 oz / 875 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

Delicate but brisk, this splendid green tea has a clean vegetal flavor. Rapidly gaining the recognition it deserves, this tea refreshes the palate with a hint of sweetness.

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This tea is wonderful for the price! It’s just as Upton describes it. It has a clean, crisp, vegetal flavor, and I would go as far as to say that it’s an excellent daily cup of tea. At $54.60 per kilo, this tea is a steal. I routinely get 3 steepings out of this tea (once at 25 seconds – once at 5 seconds – once at 30 seconds, and each one is beautiful.

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

I’m all for multiple infusions, even with Senchas, which as you know can get bitter if overbrewed. What did you brew it in and how much tea did you use? Steeps still seem a tad short to me. Five seconds? Was the taste thin or weak? If you haven’t, read my review on Upton’s Sencha Ingen. Man, was that a good tea! I had two really good steeps all the time, & I’ll bet I could’ve gotten three.

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I usually steep up 9 grams in a Chatsford 4-cup on a daily basis. The second steeping of 5 seconds does not produce a weak or thin taste at all. When you’re dealing with green teas, the second steeping doesn’t need to be long. This is because the essence of the tea has already been extracted to a large extend and is just sitting on the exterior of the leaves. With the second steeping, you’re basically just rinsing the essence of the tea off of the exterior of the leaves. Then, with the finally steeping, you allow it to soak a little longer to draw out more of the tea’s essence from within. Try it sometime! You may discover that you’re doing it all wrong. I tried it one day and haven’t looked back.


No….I agree about the second steeping, it’s just that 5 seconds seemed a little short to me. I will try it sometime though. I don’t measure my tea precisely, but I tend to use slightly more leaves and do shorter steep times. For sencha, I typically do 30 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and if I do a 4th steep, somewhere beteen 1.00-1.5 min. It works for me. It also depends on the quality of the tea too.

I noticed your bone china chatsford teapot from Upton’s. How has it performed over time for you? Is it as durable as it looks? I’ve been considering purchasing one. Thank you!


I just saw your latest tea episode about your raffle. I don’t use twitter. Can you elaborate on other ways to enter. You did mention something about “liking” you on FB. I think the easiest way to do it is this:

Depending on the number of entries, divide up the prizes as a % of all entries. Put all entries in a hat or box and thoroughly mix it up. Also depending on the number of entries received, perhaps have a rule that states that no one household or person can win more than one or two prizes. The easiest way to do it would be to let the prizes be random, prizes listed in order as you wish. It is your raffle after all. :)) I hope these suggestions help! :))

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I LOVE my Chatsford teapot, and they aren’t paying me to say that. It’s the best. I’ve had it since I was about 15 years old, and I’m 28 now. I clean it every once and a while with an electric toothbrush and baking soda, and it looks as white as the day I bought it! :)

I think the best way to handle the Facebook business is to Like or Friend us on Facebook and send me a message afterwards. That way, we’ll be sure to send you your 25 raffle tickets right away. For more raffle tickets, Just send out messages on Facebook advertising our raffle to your friends and we’ll send you 5 tickets. Once again, it would probably be a good idea to send us a small message after doing so. That way, we can be sure to send you your tickets.

Thanks for your ideas on the distribution of the prizes! There are other people participating in the raffle, and I’d like to get their ideas on it as well before we make any decisions on how to distribute the prizes. I know one lady with several hundred raffle tickets that might not want to split the prizes up that way. ;)


25 raffle tickets….wow! I thought you said 5 in the vid. Oh, yeah I agree …you can’t split them that way with that many tickets out there. You may have to just put them in a rotating drum….like the lottery. :))

Aunty Proton

Is this sencha the current TJ10T Japanese Sencha on Upton’s catalog?

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673 tasting notes

so I wanted to try something new :D

so I made some of this tea with 15 grams and 5 teaspoons of sugar in 750ml of water and let it steep for 8 minutes


New score 80 —→ 85

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 15 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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13 tasting notes

Wow. Instant favorite.

This sencha is perfect. Vegetal and sweet and silky smooth. Clean, no astringency. Just wow.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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4 tasting notes

This is the PERFECT cup of sencha. It’s light, vegetal and crisp, with that slightly sweet aftertaste that is the trademark of a great sencha harvest. Amazing quality at an even more amazing cost. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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9 tasting notes

This is a great green tea, especially for the price. It is very smooth and quite flavorful for a green without heavy astringency.

Flavors: Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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183 tasting notes

I figured I’d like this, as I’ve had other senchas that were really good, but the others can be a bit pricy for my liking. This is generally in the same ballpark as those taste-wise, but has a more reasonable price. Taste reminds me of buttery cooked greens (good ones). I’m going to order more of it.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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32 tasting notes

Yes, it’s vegetal. But it is indeed delicious. soft and yet not as much bite as the smell might portend. Can be sweetened a bit too. One of my consistent favorites.

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