TENCHA- SENSITIVE & ELEGANT FLAVOR

Tencha is the name for tea leaves used for Matcha, before the leaves are ground into fine powder. The Tencha flavor, brewed by same way with Gyokuro, is quite unique, pure, noble, and elegant. The tea color is pale green, the taste is deep and mellow, and the subtle noble aroma lingers in the mouth for a while. It is different both from Gyokuro and Matcha.

Tencha is the name for tea leaves used for Matcha, before the leaves are ground into fine powder. The Tencha flavor, brewed by same way with Gyokuro, is quite unique, pure, noble, and elegant. The tea color is pale green, the taste is deep and mellow, and the subtle noble aroma lingers in the mouth for a while. It is different both from Gyokuro and Matcha.

Tea leaves for Tencha are grown in the same way as Gyokuro, but processed differently than Gyokuro. Tea leaves for Tencha and Gyokuro are grown in the shade for 20 or 30 days before harvest, so that both contain much Theanine, which is the source of its smooth and mellow taste. Harvested fresh tea leaves are first steamed. Then in the case of Gyokuro, the steamed tea leaves are dried and kneaded by crumpling. In contrast to Gyokuro, the steamed tea leaves for Tencha are dried but not kneaded. Then to make Matcha, Tencha is ground into fine powder.

Tencha is not kneaded, in contrast to Gyokuro or Sencha. The cell walls of the tea leaves are broken down by the kneading process, so that all elements of Gyokuro and Sencha can easily be infused into water. Only the elements of pure elegant flavor are infused. And unlike Gyokuro or Sencha, it is not easy to extract the flavor from Tencha during the brewing process. Only high grade or highest grade Tencha can brew flavorfully in water.

The special growing and processing of Tencha creates its unique and pure elegant flavor.

Tencha can be brewed in the same way as Gyokuro (same tea leaves weight, same water temperature and amount, and waiting time). There is only one difference: Tencha is only half the weight of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves; it is 50% lighter. So, please put about two times (2x) the cubical content of Tencha tea leaves in Kyusu tea pot. Because Tencha is lightweight, some Tencha leaves may float on the water surface, and are not saturated with water. In that case, please press the tea leaves down into the water to soak and become saturated with water, as shown in the picture on the above.

Tencha: 2cups
- Tea leaves: 3 tablespoons (7 - 8g)
- Water temperature: 140 - 158F (60 - 70C)
- Amount of water: 200ml (7.04fl oz)
- Waiting time: 1 1/2 - 2min.

* For a deeper and mellower flavor, brew for longer time (2 1/2 - 3min).

 

Have you tried Iced Tencha? Tencha teas are limited edition only available in this summer. Iced Tencha has a unique, excellent, and noble flavor which is different both from Iced Gyokuro and Matcha. The subtle aroma lingers in the mouth for a while. The unique flavor of Tencha has quietly been enjoyed only by Matcha manufacturers for many years.
You can prepare Iced Tencha using the same brewing method as Iced Gyokuro. There are three different ways to brew Iced Tencha, (1) brewing by ice, (2) brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly, and (3) brewing by cool water. Each brewing method creates a unique flavor.
Tencha is only half the weight of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves; it is 50% lighter. So, please put about two times (2x) the cubical content of Tencha tea leaves in Kyusu tea pot.

Jennie Tran

(Sources: www.hibiki-an.com)

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