Mandarin Sencha Green Tea


Ingredients Sencha green tea, natural mandarin flavor

This Sencha green tea brews a cup with subtle, sweet, citrus notes.

Sencha is a Japanese green tea that is processed without grinding of the tea leaves. The word "sencha" is translated differently by several groups of tea afficianados - some believe it means "simmered tea," while others prefer "roasted tea". Sencha may well be one of the world’s most popular green teas. While it's best known as a Japanese tea, green tea is indigenous to China and during the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century, a monk named Ying Yuan brought the first loose leaf Sencha to Japan.

In 1740 a Kyoto tea master named Soen Nagatani was the first to use the method of steam processing the green leaf. The result was a very fresh cup that became known as Sencha. Nagatani’s tea became very popular and was soon considered a daily drinker favored by the common people of Japan while the elite and wealthy preferred matcha.

Sencha production continued to grow over the next 900 years until even the largest Japanese tea farms couldn't keep up with the increasing demand due to the lack of sufficient growing space. They started to invest heavily in developing Japanese-style tea farms in and around Zhejiang Province in China. These farms are meticulously managed by long time Japanese tea masters. These Japanese style teas are as good if not better in some cases than Japanese grown Sencha. This proved to be particularly crucial with the recent meltdown of the nuclear plant in Fukushima Japan.

Our shade-grown Sencha is plucked from the northwest region of Zhejiang province, which in Chinese history is a region that is best known for growing green tea. The fist tea book ever written was during the Tang dynasty (618-907) by the famous tea master, Lu Yu. Lu Yu spent much of his life living in this region and he finished writing his book there. This area is known for its low mountains with elevation ranges from 500 - 1,500 feet above sea level, so there is little danger of frost for the tea bushes. Rainfall is very good, with just about half of the days each year bringing rain. While the Chinese don't consume much Sencha tea, they do produce the majority of Sencha consumed in other countries. Sencha tea bushes prefer warm climates with lots of moisture, but not direct sunlight. Shade grown tea research shows that these teas tend to have a better aroma and more sweetness than tea grown without shade.

Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan, and is the tea that a guest is most likely to be served when visiting a Japanese home. Sencha is typically used in Japanese tea ceremonies marking events of personal importance. In this type of tea ceremony the ritual of the ceremony is of as great importance as the person being acknowledged. Matcha tea is used in the ceremonies marking ‘life altering events’.

The liquor of a high quality sencha is a golden greenish color. Depending upon the brewing temperature of the water the flavor can be noticeably different. With hotter water (closer to boiling) it is more astringent, with water closer to 170° it is relatively mellow.

The flavor profile of Sencha tea is a delicate sweetness, with mild astringency and smooth grassy undertones.

We recommend brewing at 170° and some Sencha fans prefer to let it steep for as little as 45 seconds while others swear that up to 2 minutes is best – experiment to find your personal sweet spot. Leaves are good for 3-5 infusions.

Low caffeine.

All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags.


INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Shipping charges vary from country to country so I just picked one of the highest. I will refund any shipping charges above actual charges to your location.

Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.

Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.

Brewing Information:

Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.

Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]


Payment is appreciated at time of purchase. I accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Check or money order welcome - order will be shipped 10 days after receipt of check/money order to allow check or money order to clear bank.

Shipping from United States

Even though we say that we ship in 1-2 weeks, in most instances we try to ship within 5-7 business days. All orders will be shipped via USPS with Delivery Confirmation or FedEx.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact me (Marty) at 702-370-0035. Since most of our items are classified as food items, we can only do returns if we mistakenly sent the wrong item.

Buyer pays for shipping to return items to Ye Olde Spice Guy.

We will not issue refunds on any items once an order is placed.



Any customs fees will be paid by the customer.

Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for your order to arrive. Thank you for your patience. If it has been past this time frame, please contact me and I will be glad to work with your to resolve the issue.

IMPORTANT! By purchasing items from Ye Olde Spice Guy you accept all terms and policies.

Legal imprint