Tea Horse Sencha Fukujyu

Sencha fukujyu in pouchI received this sencha fukujyu from Tea Horse. It’s the first time that I try this company’s teas.

The tea comes in a resealable pouch that has a modern look, I liked the simplicity in its design.

About the fukujyu, it’s more of a brand name than a type of sencha. While looking online, it seems to me that sencha fukujyu is mainly sold in Europe, so there must be a distributor sending this tea there.

Sencha fukujyu loose leafI wish the Chinese characters were specified, so that I could tell you for sure what fukujyu means. It sounds to me like 福寿 (long and happy life), but not really sure.

If anyone knows about the origin of this tea’s name, please tell me about it in the comments.

The leaves are dark green, and they have a vegetal smell to them. It’s not an intense aroma like other sencha, but still quite good.

Brewing sencha fukujyu

Brewed sencha fukujyuI boiled some water, cooled it to 70 °C (158 °F) and steeped one teaspoon of tea leaves for one minute.

The liquid is a pale, greenish-yellow color. It gives it a delicate feel.

The taste was a bit surprising. Unlike many sencha that I’ve tried, this one is actually very low in “grassiness” and has a good sweetness to it. It’s not bitter, nor too astringent. Reminds me of a kabusecha.

I did another 2 infusions, with the same temperature but a longer infusing time (30 seconds). The color seemed to darken a bit, but the taste remained almost the same.

It was very refreshing and easy to drink. I give it two thumbs up, it’s definitely a good quality sencha.

Update: Unfortunately, Tea Horse is permanently closed.


  1. Amanda Wilson
    October 3, 2013

    That tea looks delicious! I will have to add it to my extensive shopping list.

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      October 3, 2013

      Hello Amanda, thanks for the comment.
      It is delicious : )
      I like your blog, by the way.

  2. Griff
    November 1, 2013

    Nice review 🙂

    I actually haven’t heard of Tea Horse. I went to their website and according to their page on Fukuyjyu, “‘Fukujyu’ means ‘green spider leg’, which describes the appearance[…]”

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      November 1, 2013

      Hi Griff, nice to meet a fellow Japanese tea blogger!

      Yes, that’s what it says on their page but I really can’t find that word on any Japanese page or in the dictionary, so I was wondering if maybe it has a different meaning.

      1. Griff
        November 1, 2013

        I have a feeling you may be right, that it has a different meaning.

        From doing some extensive googling, it seems that by far the most popular reading is 福寿, which you point out.

        Spider legs are long and possibly auspicious! ..maybe I’m looking for a connection that’s not there 😛


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