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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.

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.
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Ichiban Sencha - loose tea sample 6
Ichiban Sencha - loose 4 oz tin 40
Ichiban Sencha - loose tea sample
SKU: 49008-135
$4.00
Ichiban Sencha - loose 4 oz tin
SKU: 44278
$39.00
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New Favorite Sencha Review by Patek
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. (Posted on 3/31/15)
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A great Sencha Review by Sinthia
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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. (Posted on 1/12/14)
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Yummy sencha! Review by Spike Sagal
Average Review:
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. (Posted on 8/4/13)
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The best green tea! Review by Sally
Average Review:
Love this tea. It is my favorite green tea at Harney and Sons by far. I tried Matsuda's Sencha and was disappointed. This is my standard of excellence. (Posted on 11/7/12)
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Ichiban Sencha is my new favorite Review by Ginger
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The dry leaves are a rich dark green and the scent is very rich. My bag had a lot of fines, and not so many full leaves. Brewing gave the traditional yellow-green color and a smooth, yet rich, green tea. The fines made for initial tubidity that settled down. The turbidity reminded me of matcha. I am very much enjoying this tea. (Posted on 3/6/11)
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great green tea Review by bari
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I got this included in the green tea sampler and this is the real deal. beautiful color and brew. really enjoying this tea. it cost a bit more but it's worth it (Posted on 7/15/10)
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