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Tsutsuji Sencha | つつじ煎茶

Packaging Size: 50g Bag

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About Tsutsuji Sencha | つつじ煎茶

Description: Tsutsuji is hand-picked and machine processed to be shown competitively at tea fairs in Japan. Laser-focused and round on the palate with a balanced umami and sugar pea-like sweetness. A very easier brewer that exemplifies the best of Fukuoka tea.

What is so special about this tea? Teas produced specifically for competitive tea fairs in Japan are known as "Shuppin-cha" [出品茶] or "Hinpyoukai-cha" [品評会茶] and Tsutsuji is one of them. Teas of this caliber are meant to showcase the skill of the producer and while they don't make up a large percentage of the volume of a tea makers yearly sales, they are considered extremely important. Tsutsuji is a lighter steamed tea that undergoes less "hiire" than traditional Yame Sencha. The beautiful fine glossy leaves are extremely uniform and the brewed color of the tea glows in a subdued manner that exudes sophistication. The name Tsutsuji is a reference to the flower of the blooms in spring, right around the same time that this tea is harvested. Of you are looking to try one of the great teas of Kyushu, we absolutely recommend Tsutsuji.

Recommended for: One of our sweetest most refined sencha.

Notes on Production


Single Grower | Single Producer | Single Cultivar

Competition Grade Sencha

Cultivars: Saemidori

Tasting Notes

Spring Field | Wilted Greens | Fresh Wildflower


Fukuoka, Japan

Brewing Instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews

Lovely sencha! As opposed to the tasting notes listed here, I found this sencha to taste and even smell like green peas. Nice rich, deep flavour.


Not a bad Sencha…I prefer Asa No Yume to this one though. The second steep was a little lacking, but that could very well be user error with water temp and steep time.


Tsutsuji Sencha, is a beautiful tea experience. The umami begins in the fragrance of this tea, which hosts a lovely sweetness that transposes beautifully to the steeped cup. The temperature for brewing can be cooler than recommended, creating another revelation of flavor in the first steep, that easily yields a 2nd, with its own interesting story. Definitely a great tea for moments of appreciation of the goodness of life.


Amazing and unique taste. High quality tea. Highly recommended.

Is the tea fire?

I won’t bore you with a beautiful long poetic review about this tea. This tea needs no poetry, it is poetry. This tea is simply so fire and not buying it is a mistake. Don’t live an unfulfilling life full of regrets, buy this one. It’s my fav, for real tho no cap.

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