edkrueger wrote:I'm not sure about that. Usually they only pick the top leaves on the first flush. They don't take all of the leaves off the plant so that they can get a second flush. I'm not sure you are wrong, but you say you can find teas, so give us an example.
if i understood, obubu tea is picking their lower first flush leaves just a few weeks later for their bancha. and hibiki-an also uses the first flush leaves in their bancha according to their web site.
aren't the second flush leave new growth? the lower leaves are not are refined enough to be made into sencha. that's why they are are picked for bancha.