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Our Review
Why offer what no one else offers? Well, the question answers itself; we like being different. Also, Tencha looks stunning and delivers a lovely cup of tea. Finally, we like the educational value of comparing and contrasting this tea with other teas, especially Matcha. It is amazing that the vivid green flecks that make a clear liquor become a duller green and and opaque when ground between two rotating stones.
Dry Leaves These tea leaves look like no other: small, dark green, round, and ragged flecks. This is because Tencha is a grown in the shade, like Gyokuro. We get our Tencha from the source of the best Matcha: Uji. After plucking by hand, the leaves are cut and dried by warm air.
Liquor Although the leaves are a very dark green, the tea brews up a light yellow green, very different from Matcha.
Aroma There is a light vegetal aroma of lightly cooked spinach, with the slight sweetness of steamed white rice. Since this tea is dried by air, without any direct contact with intense heat, there are no roasty toasty aromas. This is unlike any other Japanese green tea.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body Given the light liquor, the body is surprisingly full. This is because the amount of amino acids that give body and create umami is higher in shade-grown plants.
Flavors A cup of this tea delivers on the aromas, light spinach backed by the rounded sweetness of steamed rice. And there are none of the roasted nuts or toasty flavors found in other Japanese teas.
Brewing Time 1 to 2 minutes
Brewing Temperature 160° F

Tencha

We are pleased to bring you this special offering, as Tencha is rare to find for sale, even inside Japan. Tencha is the base green tea for making powdered matcha. Dark in color yet light in the cup, this tea has a lot of body (or umami) and no roast flavors.
This a special offering as it is rare to find it for sale, even inside Japan. Tencha is the base tea for making powdered Matcha. It is dark in color but light in the cup. The tea has a lot of body, or umami, and no roast flavors.
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Tencha – Loose Tea, Sample
SKU: 49008-168
$5.00
Tencha – Loose Tea, 2 oz Tin
SKU: 44386
$40.00
Tencha – Loose Tea, 4 oz Tin
SKU: 44368
$80.00

Quick Overview

This a special offering as it is rare to find it for sale, even inside Japan. Tencha is the base tea for making powdered Matcha. It is dark in color but light in the cup. The tea has a lot of body, or umami, and no roast flavors.

Customer Reviews

Erin

4/22/16

High quality and absolutely lovely.
Average Review:

My love affair with tea started out with greens, veered off to blacks and coffee through college, but I've come back home with Tencha. It strongly reminds me of the soothing cup you get at quality Japanese restaurants after your meal - fresh and inviting. As other reviews have stated, the tea is mellow, yet brightly flavored and lacking in bitterness. I find it to be very calming, in contrast to the energizing feeling some more assertive Japanese greens give off.

It's certainly expensive, but it is high quality and so different from other Japanese greens I've had. Absolutely wonderful - this is definitely a new favorite!

Famke

3/8/15

mellow and sweet
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Being new to tea, I decided to try this tea because I love matcha. What a treat! Out of the green teas I've tried so far, this tea stands out and has become my favorite. Mellow and richly flavored...without bitterness. My husband who is a strictly black tea lover actually likes this tea for its sweetness. I hope Harney continues to stock this tea.

Sue

7/14/13

Fresh and fabulous
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This tastes so much more interesting and complex than other green teas. The notes are so different, difficult for me to describe - just fresh and delicious. Some green teas are kind of bland and others a bit too sharp, this one is mellow, but very interesting and kind of layered with interesting and fresh flavors. So happy I tried it because I have finally found a green tea that I can love.

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