Japanese green tea with dark green leaves (shade grown) and a fresh grass-like flavour.
Sencha is the most popular Japanese tea and is consumed all over the world. Taste depends on when in the season the tea was picked and of course where, as climate and soil play an important role.
To avoid oxidation, Japanese tea is steamed for 15-20 seconds before the leaves are dried. This process explains the remarkable difference in taste between Japanese and Chinese green teas.