Classic Japanese Tea Types
It can be brewed and enjoyed in different ways to accentuate flavours – cold for heightened sweetness, hot for creating a balanced taste with minimal umami.
For the mass market, harvests and cultivars are blended to produce a consistently balanced tasting sencha. There are unique single-estate sencha teas, like a single-estate wine, which are exquisite. The terroir and cultivar are more distinct in these single-estate senchas, and I find them to be perfect palate-builders. Their taste varies depending on when, where and how they are grown, harvested and produced.
In general, senchas have a greater astringency and less sweetness and umami tones.