China has been making tea for longer than anyone - but that doesn't mean that other countries aren't producing their own incredible varieties.
Sencha is Japan's flagship green tea. Japanese green tea is much richer green with much straighter, more uniform leaves than is usually found in Chinese varieties.
The leaves are steamed before drying, an important difference between Japanese and Chinese green tea production.
The taste is grassy, springlike initially, with a deeper umami note lying beneath. There is a more savoury aftertaste than usually found in Chinese teen tea, which is more floral and bright.
Sencha is a beautiful tea, and contains all the health benefits of any good green tea. Ever tried Japanese green? Give it a go!