Sencha

Made from leaves that have not been oxidized.

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by Samovar » Aug 14th 07 6:07 pm

I've seen Sencha referred to as Chinese and Japanese. Which is correct?

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by The March Hare » Aug 14th 07 6:20 pm

Sencha has two definitions, a "wide sense" and "narrow sense". It was originated in Japan, the name itself too. The Chinese refer to it as Sencha because that is its name. It would be just like the French referring to our Sundae ice cream as Sundaes.

The Japanese were trying to find a medium quality between Bancha green tea, the inferior, and Gyokuro green tea, the superior. Thus, Sencha.

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by Samovar » Aug 14th 07 6:21 pm

Thank you, March Hare!

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by Space Samurai » Aug 14th 07 9:04 pm

My Japanese sources tell me that sencha was intorduced to Japan from China. From the bit of Googling that I've done, I gather that sencha is the Japanese word for zhenqing or zhen qing, the Chinese (Mandarin?) for the process of steaming green tea leaves.

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by Wesli » Aug 14th 07 11:08 pm

Well, in the realest sense, it is both. Sencha almost always refers to the Japanese-medium quality-"daily tea," or "daily Sencha." A step below Gyokuro, and many steps above Bancha, Sencha is a great, full green tea.
However, the Chinese also have a "Sencha." This tea is looked down on so much that it has been dubbed "Chinencha" by TeaChat members* detailing it's inability to match up with the Japanese green Sencha.

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http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2582
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2594

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by Chip » Aug 15th 07 2:58 am

...did someone mention sencha.

There is only one sencha in my mind if you want to drink great tea. The Japanese sencha is so vastly superior to Chinese versions that you cannot really compare the two.

Jananese sencha offers such a vast variety of quality, origins, grades, flushes, etc that it is a tea worthy of focus. I have dedicated the last year to gaining as much insight of this tea and have come to the point where I could almost give up Chinese greens...almost.

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by Samovar » Aug 15th 07 11:45 am

Japanese Sencha it is! Thanks everyone for your insight.

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by tomasini » Aug 15th 07 4:39 pm

:shock: the fact that the chinencha threads were refrenced makes me smile =]
hehe, the execution one brings a chuckle too