Tea Reviews

A Honyama Sencha with Depth and Complexity: Sencha Zuiko

While we are waiting for the new crop of Sencha Zuiko to arrive, let’s take a look at this tea and find out how it differs from the other sencha that we offer. Sencha is one of the most popular style of tea Japan though that isn’t to say that all sencha taste and feel the same.

As our parent company is based in Shizuoka, a good portion of our tea comes from this area and the Sencha Zuiko is no different. It does offer a slightly different profile, though, when compared to our other sencha. For example, the Sencha Fuka-midori (which is one of our most popular loose leaf teas) has balanced, relatively unchanging flavor profile. This great for folks who a want a consistent cup with every brew that isn’t very complex. This lack of complexity is actually appreciated by a lot of people who drink tea as is the case with people who drink a lot of factory shóuchá for example.

However, for those who really want to focus in the cup and pay close attention to how a tea can change with even a single infusion and witness the changes that occur over multiple infusions, premium sencha like the Sencha Zuiko are great for this. It is also a good option to choose if you were interested in trying a tea that is made of material from a single garden, as it says on our website, “All Zuiko comes from a single tea garden where it is grown under the most meticulous and pampered conditions.”

The leaves have quite a beautiful color. A lot of Japanese greens that get a lot of sun will lose their darker green hue and adopt a bit more of a bright green color. Higher grades of sencha can have a bit of a darker color.While the color of the leaves a bit dark, the flavor itself can be quite bright. “Bright” in this context can mean flavors that are a bit bitter; flavors that evoke a feeling of being uplifted, refreshed, rejuvenated. This is not to say that the flavor is overly bitter or astringent (unless you use really hot water for a long time) but that, when compared to other teas, the flavors will be noticeably more astringent and bitter. Wakoucha Mariko, for example, will have some astringency as tea in its nature is astringent but is actually quite sweet as a tea.

That is why the title of this post has the word “sunshine” in it. The tea brings about an uplifting, refreshing feeling. We hope that you check out this tea! Subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address in the designated area at the bottom of any page of our website. Also, feel free to follow us on instagram and tiktok for more tea-related content