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Sakura Sencha Green Tea (Japan)

$40.00




A young monk came to the wise tea master Lao Cha and found him in a blissful state. So he asked: 

– Sensei, what made you so happy and relaxed?

– Oh, young man, I just had a cup of Sakura Sencha. What a delight it was, what bliss! I couldn't help but reminisce on the days of sitting in Izu's cool breeze, with the sakura petals dancing around me. 

 

This tea is a refined blend of premium sencha, produced on a family farm in Shizuoka, Japan, and sakura leaves from Izu. The tea works well at capturing the essence of Spring. Light and refreshing. Smell it, and you will be greeted by a sweet, enjoyable aroma of cherry blossom and green tea. Brew it, take a sip, and be rewarded with an exquisite taste.

Most Sakura Sencha on the market use either rose petals or dried cherry blossoms. Our Sakura Sencha has both Sakura flowers and leaves, making it visually pleasing while enhancing its characteristic flavor and adding up to the aroma. The subtle sweetness of cherry leaves and blossoms perfectly matches sencha's brisk, bold taste. It also reminds of Sakura Mochi, a delightful springtime treat that serves as a "tea food".

The celebration of the Sakura blooming season is a longtime tradition in Japan, dating back to the Nara period (710-794). It marks the start of the planting season and turns into a symbol of hope, life, and a new beginning. Nowadays, Sakura is deeply ingrained into the collective mind of Japanese society. When the time comes for the blossoms to open, people visit parks with sakura trees and organize thematic trips to special areas where they can contemplate the fleeting beauty of the blossoming petals. Many social and cultural sites take advantage of Sakura's connotation: from food and drink, through sports and entertainment to art.

Shizuoka is Japan's largest tea-producing region, and it accounts for roughly a third of Japan's total tea production. Shizuoka has a rich tea history, growing tea for over 800 years. It is one of the original places tea seeds were brought from China by the Zen Buddhist monk Eisai. Many mountainous areas dot Shizuoka's landscape. The volcanic soil is rich in nutritional substances and trace minerals. They get sucked in by the roots of the tea plant and create the unique flavor profile of this specialty tea.

You can enjoy our Sakura Sencha Green Tea, both hot and cold, and it is an excellent complement to desserts! For best results, we recommend starting with 1-2 min steeps and water temperature not exceeding 75C. Then you can gradually increase the steeping time (30sec for the second brew; +15s for each subsequent steep) and the water temperature.

 

Brewing guidelines:

    165℉ / 75℃ for the first infusion; Keep raising water temperature for subsequent infusions 

   1g per 60ml 

  1-2min for the first infusion; then 30sec; +15 for each subsequent infusion

Customer Reviews

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M.G.
The Perfect Sakura Sencha

I'm absolutely floored at how swept away I am with this sencha! I just got a new Tokoname clay kyusu imported and I was so excited to try it out with this tea. It's absolutely blissful, the taste of cherry blossom lingers gently but surely long after the sip. Of all the sakura teas I've had, this one is the most elegant and flavorful, without ever being cloying or artificial-tasting in any way. This tea perfectly welcomes the coming of spring.

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Nanami
The best sakura sencha

I'm a repeat purchaser of this tea. I was on the hunt for a really long time for the perfect sakura sencha.
Time and time again I return to Path of Cha. There have been dozens of sakura sencha I've tried, and they've never been good. They're always bad sencha with salty sakura blossoms.
This tea is perfectly executed, it's perfectly smooth, and it's just enough sakura.
If I were to pick a tea that embodied me as a person, it would probably be this one.

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Jan Ellen Honeycutt
green tea "greeny"

This really the best green tea I have ever tasted. WOW
I am really surprised at the number of times I was able to receive flavors from the leaves on re-infusions....I proceeded forthwith to dry the leaves and use them the next day as well.

Aroma is very fresh and reminds me of a summer field of sweet grass, so comforting ....

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Edward J Vatza
Addendum to Review of Dec 16, 2021

We (both Barb and I) tried the Sakura Sencha two more times since the original review. I will admit that it has grown on me. And I am pleased to say that it has also grown on Barb. She really likes it now. No sweetener to make it more palatable. She is liking the floral aroma and taste. So i am boosting the rating from **** to *****. Barb even asked how much we have left and whether we will be ordering more. Definitely a good sign.

We are delighted to learn that Barbara finally got to like it:)) We love the 'Barbara test':))

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Edward J Vatza
Can't fool the boss

Let me start by saying I love my Senchas but Senchas just may be my wife's (Barbara) least favorite tea so far. So I thought I would tantalize her with aroma and taste of wild cherry blossoms. Didn't work. This still didn't pass the Barbara test and she added Splenda so she could drink it. As for me, I'm not crazy about flavored or scented teas but as I said, I do love my Senchas. The Sakura aroma and taste is present but not too heavily so I can drink this tea. It is a good tea and if you like scented teas and such this just may be the tea for you.