Sakura (cherry blossoms) signals springtime in Japan as the cherry trees start flowering as the weather becomes warmer.
Our Sakura Sencha is a seasonal tea and available in limited quantity. It is a blend of sencha, kukicha and sakura leaves and flowers. The sakura leaf and flower adds a subtle sweetness and floral note to the clean, refreshing taste of the green tea.
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture
Harvest Season: First flush
Sencha is a sensitive green tea; for best results, use water temperature at 175º F. Rather than pouring the water directly from the kettle onto the leaves, it can be poured into a small bowl to cool a little and then poured into the teapot.
We recommend brewing Sencha using the gongfu technique - this method consists of several successive steepings using the same leaves. For the first steeping use more leaf (2 teaspoons of leaf per 8 ounces of water) and brew for about 1 minute. The brewing time can be reduced for subsequent infusions.
In Japan, the custom is to brew Sencha in a kyusu, a traditional Japanese teapot with a side handle. The small size is ideal for brewing multiple infusions from the same leaf.