GREAT NEWS! This tea was a 1st Place Winner - Oregon's First State Tea Competition - Sept. 2, 2011 This deep-steamed style of sencha was developed 35 years ago and is rarely seen outside of Japan. The deep steaming of the tea leaves creates a vivid emerald green infusion that is strong and full bodied, without bitterness. The terroir of Japan gives this sencha a sweet, rich marine taste. Like walking in a rainy forest in Southern Japan. Caffeinated.