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Sencha Tea

Where as China is gaga for green tea, Japan is sweet for sencha. This variant on the classic emerald coloured tea we all know and love and is far and away the most popular green tea drunk in Japan today, accounts for a whopping 80% of the green tea drunk processed in the land of the rising sun! Sencha green tea and regular green tea actually come from the leaves of the same plant, the way they differ is in how they’re processed. Regular green tea leaves get pan-fried, but sencha… oh, sencha tea leaves get treated to something a little gentler and intimate. After being picked they’re carefully dried and hand rolled, which produces a leaf with a subtly different flavour to regular green tea. Though not too dissimilar to its green cousin, sencha’s delicate umami rich grassy flavours tend to be as reserved and polite in taste, texture and aroma as the country that has fully embraced those flavours.

Sencha Tea benefits 

  • A fresh tasting way to meet your recommended daily fluid intake1
  • Green Tea contains catechins. Studies in Asian populations have shown that regular consumption of green tea containing catechins may help reduce waist circumference by 1cm2.

  • Green Tea contains flavonoids. Clever compounds naturally found in plant-based food such as fruits and vegetables that may help keep your cardiovascular system healthy3

  • Not only that, there are more natural flavonoids in just one cup of Lipton Green Tea than in three cups of fresh orange juice (of course orange juice is packed full of vitamin C and other great nutrients)4

  • A zero calories beverage when consumed without milk and sugar.

Tea time ideas

Much like regular green tea, we think a cup of sencha is perfect when you need to press pause on the world for a second to re-energise and revive your senses.

And if you’re looking for something to nibble on whilst sipping some sencha green tea, we think it pairs beautifully with a plate of that most Japanese of dishes… sushi! But, if raw fish isn’t your thing, we think sencha also works fantastically as a quick cleanse after a decadent lunch or heavy dinner.

Getting the best from your brew

It doesn’t take much persuasion to get sencha tea leaves to reveal their full flavour. We recommend soaking them for around 1 minute before enjoying.

 

1EFSA recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively
2Unilever proprietary data. Flavonoid content has been calculated using the USDA database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods, Release 3.1 (May 2014) (NDB No. 09206). A cup of Lipton Green Tea and fresh orange juice is 8 fluid ounces - Green Tea contains approximately 276 mg per 200 ml of flavonoids*
3Based on USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods, Release 3.1 (June 2013) NDB No. 14653
4based on a daily consumption of at least 500 mg of flavonoids per day, 2 cups of Green Tea per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle
daily consumption of approximately 600mg catechins over a period of 8-12weeks. 7-8 cups of Green Tea provides approximately 600mg of catechins. To be consumed as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle