Tencha 碾茶

Meet the tea leaf that makes your matcha possible: tencha. Rarely enjoyed as a steeped tea, tencha's main purpose is to be milled into the fine, verdant powder that is matcha. But here’s a secret: tencha is beautifully brewed as a loose leaf tea as well! Take this opportunity to enjoy a tea that is mellow and deep, characterized by its sweet, umami, and theanine-filled broth. 

 

 

What is Tencha

Tencha is the term for tea leaves that have been properly shade-grown for 20-30 days, allowing the leaves to concentrate ample amounts of the sweet amino acid L-theanine - a characteristic of delicious matcha. It is quite a rare occurrence to try the theanine-laden leaf as a steeped tea, but we're excited to share the opportunity with you! By enjoying our tencha you can to truly experience the whole story and experience of quality matcha. Tencha leaves are often fertilized three times as much as teas that are unshaded, and are not processed further as they would be if the end result was sencha or gyokuro. Only the tender, first flush of spring-harvested leaves are made into tencha. If you have a high-quality tencha, the flavor will retain a beautiful, mellow sweetness in the brew compared to other green teas. 

 

~ Read more about Tencha and its importance to matcha on our blog ~ 

 

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: the pure essence of Japan. 

Flavor: Sweet umami, buttered toast, lightly toasted grain, adzuki bean.

 

Tea Details: 

Location: Wazuka (Uji region)

Harvest Season: May

Cultivar: Samidori

Process: Camilla sinensis leaves are shade-grown for 20-30 days. The tarps inhibit photosynthesis, so the plant sends concentrated amounts of chlorophyll and L-theanine to the new growth of leaves. Once the leaves are harvested, they are steamed to halt oxidation. Then the leaves are then dried. Tencha is not rolled (otherwise it would be destined for gyokuro or kabusencha), but rather is sent to the ishi-usu stone mills to become matcha. (Unless of course, you're drinking our tencha as a loose-leaf tea, which is sent to you instead!)

 

Brew Guide:

Yields two cups

Amount: 7g (2tbsp) Tencha

Water: 180ml (6oz) water at 160º-175ºF

Time: 1.5 - 2 minute steep

Make Iced Tea: Our tencha is great for both slow ice-steeping and cold brewing. Learn 3 different methodologies to make iced tea here. 

 

Food Pairing: a special tea deserves a treat. Tencha is great with a piece of rich, dark chocolate or chocolate dessert!

 

Sold in either 50g or 75 bags. Store in a cool, dark location. Best consumed within 3 months.


Type: Loose Leaf


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