Medium & Balanced

Hosen - 80g Bag

Hosen is our recommended sencha for those new to our teas. Its classic character is balanced—it is blended to have umami, sweetness, astringency, and aroma in harmonious proportion.

Fresh green teaConsume quickly
The best before date is 180 days from when the tea is packaged in Japan.
Serving size10 g / 0.35 oz (roughly 2 tbsp.)
Up to 3 pots can be brewed with the same leaves.
Size 4.7" x 2.4" x 8.5"
Net weight2.8 oz (80 g)

Hosen is a good introduction to Ippodo sencha. It has gentle sweetness, bright fragrance, and a mellow aftertaste, characteristic of our premium sencha blends. In our medium-rich category, this tea has a balanced character with more umami and sweetness than astringency. Try this sencha first, and brew it in the morning, at teatime, and other times that call for an aromatic, satisfying green tea.

Ways to Prepare

Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Standard Brew
Makes one pot
Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Add hot water
210 mL (7 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80°C by transferring once.
Standard Brew
Makes one pot
Add hot water
210 mL (7 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80°C by transferring once.
Brew
60 seconds
Standard Brew
Makes one pot
Brew
60 seconds
Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Standard Brew
Makes one pot
Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Cold Brew
Makes one pot
Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
Add ice water
210 ml (7 oz) Chilled water
Cold Brew
Makes one pot
Add ice water
210 ml (7 oz) Chilled water
Brew
15 minutes
Cold Brew
Makes one pot
Brew
15 minutes
Serve
Pour out every last drop.
Cold Brew
Makes one pot
Serve
Pour out every last drop.
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Customer Reviews

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Herbert H. (United States)
Wonderful green tea.

A tea to drink all day, not just at breakfast. Superb, light green tea taste and aroma. Just enough astringency
to keep things interesting. And the forgotten fact about green tea? It is good for you. Contains all kinds of healthy stuff.
Enjoy this excellent tea.

M
Michael H. (United States)
Delicious Sencha

Very balanced sencha with a light sweetness, and no astringency. Highly recommend.

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Amanda T. (United States)
Sencha Hosen

Hosen is a little bit stronger than Unro but very balanced in sweetness and astringency. We enjoyed Hosen after a big meal or a hard work day.

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Keith M. (United States)
Wonderful

I've been drinking Ippodo Hosen tea for several years. Making a small pot each morning has consistently been a joy. The service from Ippodo has always been impeccable and the packaging attractive. Couldn't recommend this any higher.

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Jennifer B. (United States)
My favorite daily tea

I enjoy all of Ippodo's teas, but this one strikes the perfect balance for me. My favorite part of the day is preparing this lovely sencha, inhaling deeply to experience the mild bitter aroma and taking my first sip. I like that I can buy a larger size tin now, and I am able to reuse the tins around my kitchen.

The instructions on water temperature and steeping time are spot on. I would like to note that the leaves can be re-steeped (and still taste very good) as long as you only re-steep them for 2 seconds or so. If you re-steep the leaves too long, the second cup can turn out a bit "slimy" (for lack of a better word). This technique applies to other types of green tea, as well. I learned this from the helpful staff at the NYC location.

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