The very first plucking of the first harvest of the year is known as Shincha and is highly prized in Japan. While Sencha has a tendency to be quite brothy with strong umami notes the earliest harvests can be much lighter with hints of sweetgrass. Our 2020 Shincha Sencha is a light, layered cup. The nutty notes of umami hit your mid-palate, while delicate apricot lingers on in the finish. Elegant and lovely.
In the Japanese tea tradition, the texture of the tea itself is extremely important. At the end of the tea making process, the tea master will carefully blend in tiny, broken up 'tea dust' to give the finished cup more body and richness. You can actually see these particles when you scoop out your tea. You also see them in your cup - Sencha should have a lovely, slightly cloudy appearance. This contributes to the 'umami' of the tea (the 5th taste - the others being sweet, salty, sour and bitter). Taste and enjoy the added richness umami gives your cup of tea.
This tea contains a moderate level of caffeine | Steep at 165° for 2 minutes.
Renowned for its unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka is a prefecture situated on Honshu's Pacific coast. As the largest tea producing region in Japan, Shizuoka is responsible for growing approximately 40% of the ocha, or green tea.
Shizuoka is home to unique terrain, mineral-rich soil, four distinct seasons, and adequate rainfall with dense coastal fog; all of the necessary elements for growing exceptional tea. Green tea plantations in Shizuoka date back to 1241 when a monk by the name of Shoichi Kokushi planted green tea seeds there that he has obtained while on a trip to China.
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How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have been growing tea for 15 years since, I was 20 years old. Green tea farming is my family's business, I watched my father doing it ever since I can remember.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
There are a lot of things to do even when it is not harvest season. Soil cultivating, fertilizing, and weeding is all season work.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I can feel what I'm doing is part of nature. I feel that I not only love my teas, but am beloved by my teas. Tea processing is another kind of fun, it's very creative.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
Green tea farming is part of nature. We can't control everything. With tea processing is only one chance to get it right. Even the slightest mistake can be fatal.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Brew a cup of tea with love. That would be the best extra flavor.
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