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Mike has visited Matsuda and his family several times. Their house is located halfway up a hill that is covered with tea bushes, and looking out over the valley, that is all one sees. The family's abode has been all business for generations. They have a space to make the tea in the back, with steamers to fix the green tea and rollers. This tradition and dedication serves us well, because it is a unique Sencha with a distinctive aroma, great body, and flavors that are hard to forget.
Dry Leaves The slender spears are a vivid, forest green which comes from constant attention through out the year.
Liquor In the cup, the tea is an intense yellow green. This is a sign that Matsuda has not taken the shortcut of covering his tea bushes like some of his neighbors.
Aroma Many senchas have similar aromas, however Matsuda's teas smell wonderfully vibrant. There are fresh lemon notes backed by a nice spinachy aroma and the roasted hints of nori seaweed.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body A medium bodied tea that is still mouth-filling and brothy. This comes from the high levels of amino acids.
Flavors If you like the vegetal flavors of Japanese green teas, you are in for a treat! It opens with vegetal flavors that seem like sautéed chard and finish with roasted Nori. The tea's pale sweetness is balanced by a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The sweetness endures and evolves long after you've sipped the tea.
Brewing Time 1 to 2 minutes
Brewing Temperature 160° F

Matsuda's Sencha

It has been an honor to be the sole source for the great Japanese Sencha. The life's work of a great tea man and his family, this Sencha has great body and flavor.
It has been an honor to be the sole source for the great Japanese Sencha. The life's work of a great tea man and his family, this Sencha has great body and flavor.
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Matsuda's Sencha – Loose Tea, Sample
SKU: 49008-170
$4.00
Matsuda's Sencha – Loose Tea, 4 oz Tin
SKU: 44415
$25.00

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It has been an honor to be the sole source for the great Japanese Sencha. The life's work of a great tea man and his family, this Sencha has great body and flavor.

Customer Reviews

James

6/20/16

Memorable character
Average Review:

I've tried a lot of senchas. This one always fills me with joy. It's got such a memorable character. It's hard to think of a better sencha to encapsulate the image of rippling tea bushes on a wet Japanese summer afternoon. It pleases me to know that Matsuda is so involved in the process. Finally, it's extremely well priced for the quantity and quality.

Patrick

9/17/15

High quality sencha
Average Review:

Like others, I found this tea to be more flavorful and sweet than other senchas. It has that "vegetal" smell and taste of other senchas (Scent of the Mountain, Gyokuro) and a slightly oily texture. An excellent tea.

Sarah

10/15/13

A magical tea
Average Review:

I have looked far and wide for a tea that I could think of as perfect for me, and this is it. Everyone has a tea that seems perfectly suited to him or her, and luckily I have found mine. I hope you find yours. I love many teas, but Matsuda's is very special - a joyful tea, but secretive, full of surprises. It reminds me of rivers, mists, green mountains. When I don't have this tea, I wish I did and when I do, I feel content.

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