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The Otsuka family has been making tea in the coastal region of Kakegawa for almost 150 years. This Ichiban is their pride, made from the tea fields that surround their factory. The area is so dominated by tea that one hill has a tea bush topiary trimmed to the shape of the Japanese character for "tea." Ichiban is harvested on the first days of production in late April. It is made at an old, traditional factory and then finished at their plant. Compared with the polished and almost pastoral quality of Matsuda's Sencha, this Ichiban has the punch and intensity of Tokyo's rush hour.
Dry Leaves A fine mix of leaf filaments that are light green and powdery. This is due to the deep steam (Fukumushi) method of fixing the teas green. The leaves are subjected to an extra thirty seconds of high pressure steam that totally breaks up the tea leaf.
Liquor This tea is a light green, and it is a little clouded from from the fine leaf particles that are dissolved in the liquor.
Aroma Ichiban has a citrusy top note of lemon juice and is balanced by the dark vegetal aromas of spinach and nori seaweed.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body As a very early season tea, it is loaded with amino acids. So this tea has more body than most green teas.
Flavors The style of this Sencha is bracing and lemony at the start with the mellowness of cooked spinach at the finish. It is among the most assertive of Senchas that we offer. The guttiness and astringency come from the deep-steamed production method.
Brewing Time 1 to 2 minutes
Brewing Temperature 160° F

Ichiban Sencha

This is the first production from the all-important Kakegawa area within Shizuoka, Japan's most important tea growing prefecture. This bracing, lemony tea is an assertive example of the popular style of deep steamed (Fukumushi) Sencha.
This is the first production from the all-important Kakegawa area within Shizuoka, Japan's most important tea growing prefecture. This bracing, lemony tea is an assertive example of the popular style of deep steamed (Fukumushi) Sencha.
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Ichiban Sencha - loose tea sample
SKU: 49008-135
$4.00
Ichiban Sencha - loose 4 oz tin
SKU: 44278
$39.00

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This is the first production from the all-important Kakegawa area within Shizuoka, Japan's most important tea growing prefecture. This bracing, lemony tea is an assertive example of the popular style of deep steamed (Fukumushi) Sencha.

Customer Reviews

Patek

3/31/15

New Favorite Sencha
Average Review:

I was a big fan of other Senchas and regularly stock H&S Japanese Sencha. I made the "mistake" of ordering a sample of the Ichiban Sencha and after that, everytime I drank the Japanese Sencha, my mind was wandering to cheat on her with Ichiban. Yes, it costs more than three times more but for me it is worth it and I can't go back.

The mouthfeel is amazing and especially the first brew has a creamy texture to it that fills the palate and has just enough spinach and seaweed flavor to it. This depreciates with each brewing but I usually still get three steapings before it gets tossed. I just ordered two tins, one for the office and one for home.

Sinthia

1/12/14

A great Sencha
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I have tried many of the other Sencha teas, and this is by far the best! I love this tea and drink it almost every morning. A perfect tea.

Spike Sagal

8/4/13

Yummy sencha!
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This is probably the most unusual sencha I've tried so far. It smells like raw cane sugar when dry, and a lot of that smell transfers when it's brewed, and adds to the flavor. It's not as heavy on the vegetal flavors as other senchas, but it is very very smooth and full-bodied.

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