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Chiran Sencha | 知覧新茶 |

Packaging Size: 100g Bag

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About Chiran Sencha | 知覧新茶

Description: A welcome treat - the very first of 2020 Sencha - Harvested April 8th. You can think of it as the Beaujolais nouveau of Tea - the first release and a celebration of the season ahead. This Sencha is coveted for higher levels of aromatic compounds - specifically plant alcohols and Esters that provide an incredibly rich and grassy aroma.

What is so special about this tea? Kagoshima is poised to become the largest tea producing region in Japan - it will overtake Shizuoka in just a few more years. While it is true that there are quite a lot of commercial-grade teas produced for the mass market, there remains a dedicated group of artisan producers crafting wonderful teas. Chiran Sencha is one of those teas. We can safely categorize Kagoshima as an area that produces deeply green, fragrant Sencha. The brewed color of tea is considered of high importance in this region - so tea makers avoid any processes that could affect that. Less "hiire" firing keeps a wonderfully fresh aroma and bright green color while deeper steaming intensifies the thickness of the brew without sacrificing fragrance. Chiran is considered one of the most important areas of production within Kagoshima and focuses on both the Yutaka Midori and Saemidori cultivar. Naturally, We gravitate towards the profile of Saemidori as it is sweet, rich and generally a very easy brewing cultivar. We absolutely love this version of 100% Saemidori Chiran Sencha and know you will too.

Recommended for: A sweet and fragrant best in class deep steamed Sencha.

Notes on Production


Multi Grower | Single Producer | Single Cultivar

A sweet, deep green Sencha

Cultivars: Saemidori

Tasting Notes

Fresh Grass | Savory Tang | Pervasive Sweetness


Kagoshima, Japan

Brewing Instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 20 reviews

I have missed this tea offering from Kettl... it had been available and then wasn’t, so it’s nice to have it back! It’s a quiet, calming everyday tea. Yields different flavor experiences at different temperatures of steeping, which is lovely. I find it’s flavor to be robust and not exactly ‘woody’ at room temperature when smelled in the tea caddy, but a rich subtle flavor is the best way to describe it. A great morning friend!

Well-balanced Flavor

This tea has a nice, balanced flavor, but not quite at the top of my list, compared to other teas offered here.


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