A Gong-Go Essential Tea Review – Japenese Sencha (Upton Tea Importers)

Gong-Go Rating:


Results: One of my favorite teas, it was the first green tea I fell in love with. Recommended as a Gong-Go Essential Tea everyone should have. Also a great starter tea for anyone new to Gong-Go.

Vendor: Upton Tea Importers

Tea: Japenese Sencha

Type: Green Tea

Origin: Japan

Tasting: 9.6 / 175°/ 10 oz / 15 seconds

Average number of infusions: 3



This was the first green tea that I fell in love with. The vegetal aroma and flavor was an immediate love that has lasted since my first cup. Even though is this not a high-end tea, its perfect for Gong-Go, definitely not low quality, and a great choice for anyone on a budget. Its also an excellent gateway tea for those new to loose leaf tea and Gong-Go.

Sencha_Upton_body004_11172018The smell is what first got me. Like freshly mown grass, with strong notes of hay and alfalfa, it always relaxes away the days stress with the smell of mother nature. Due to its lower caffeine content, it’s my go-to before bed tea and never keeps me up. Sencha’s high level of antioxidants makes it a great tea for when you are feeling under the weather and need something a little extra to boot your system. I love to mix it with a bit of lemon and honey or just a sliver of fresh ginger root to soothe a cold.

Another thing I love about sencha is its ability to enhance fruit flavors. I blend it quite often and it makes an excellent iced tea especially when flavored with citrus – I especially love it with fresh grapefruit.

One of the most popular teas in Japan, it is first harvested in April and May. There are many different grades depending on when/where it was picked, but I’ve never had a sencha that I turned my nose up to. The secret is not to over steep and to re-use those leaves. I actually prefer the second and third infusions, finding the flavor more balanced and refreshing.

Another tea I’ve been buying from Upton Teas for years now; it’s always available at a great price and the reason I include it as one of my Gong-Go Essential Teas.

Gong-Go Tasting

Dry Aroma:


Freshly mown grass.



Vibrant green tightly rolled leaves.

Liquor Aroma:


Fresh hay with a touch of spinach.



A bright head with a pleasing vegetal body and grassy finish.

Mouth Feel:


Smooth and refreshing.

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :


Vegetal with notes of spinach.

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:


More complex with lovely hints of alfalfa and asparagus

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:


A mid-grade Sencha, it lost much of its flavor after the 3rd infusion but for the price I’m still giving it 5 stars overall – its a real good tea.

Alternate Vendors:

Davidson’s Tea Bulk, Sencha, 16-Ounce Bag

The Tao of Tea, Sencha Green Tea, Loose Leaf, 3.5 Ounce Tin

Tealyra – Premium Gyokuro Kokyu – Japanese Green Tea – Finese Loose Leaf Tea – Organically Grown in Japan – 100g (3.5-ounce)

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