Saemidori Sencha

Origin: Kagoshima, Japan

Sweet citrus aroma with warm toasted rice notes that emerge when tea leaves are wet. Round, balanced, umami flavor with hints of sesame, artichoke and melon.  

Available in a 50 gram Bamboo Canister.

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About Saemidori Sencha:

Saemidori Sencha is a favorite from Kagoshima, Japan. Saemidori translates to “clear green” and indeed has a beautiful and vibrant green infusion. The deep steaming process results in many small leaves which add to the creamy texture of the brew.

Saemidori is a cultivar that has been steadily growing in popularity. A cross between Yabukita and Asatsuyu, its leaves are particularly green, fresh and flavorful and lend themselves well to sencha, gyokuro and even sometimes matcha production.

Tea leaves used in making sencha tea can only be harvested for a short time each spring. Shortly after plucking, leaves are steamed to prevent oxidation, then they are rolled and dried until they take on the long, thin shape. Next there is a sieving and cutting process, at which point the cut leaves are sorted according to color and shape. Leaves are then dried, each manufacturer using their own methods and style to bring out the best aroma and flavor.

Ingredients: Organic green tea leaves.

Sold in 50 gram Bamboo Canisters.

Flavor Profile:

Sweet citrus aroma with warm toasted rice notes that emerge when tea leaves are wet. Round, balanced, umami flavor with hints of sesame, artichoke and melon.  

Brewing Instructions:

Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.

Water Temp °F (°C)Steep Time (minutes)Number of InfusionsQuantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)
160-185°F (71-85°C)1.52-31

Videos and Links:

Sencha Brewing Guide
Artisan Sencha Crafting
Senchado – Leaf
Japan Map