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shincha sencha

Based on 23 reviews
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April 2022 harvest
$9
1.5oz
returning middle of Dec
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April 2021 harvest
$9$7
1.5oz
April 2021 harvest
$29$22
Origin
Shizuoka, Japan
Farmer
Katahira
Infusions
7
shincha sencha
Our 2022 Sencha Shincha is a delight for sencha enthusiasts. Its lightly steamed (asamushi) style preserves crisp floral notes, while still offering the classic and treasured umami notes for which sencha is revered. Hailing from Shizouka Prefecture, home of Mount Fuji, this tea was masterfully grown and processed to yield complexity in the form of sweet grass, warming nut notes, and the lingering nuance of apricot blossoms. Sip slowly and sit quietly with this tea to fully enjoy its riches.

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 medium level of caffeine | Steep at 165° for 2 minutes.

Customer Reviews (23)

Fresh From Origin

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.

Free Sample Offer

If you buy this tea from another vendor, we invite you to try a free sample. Simply email a receipt showing an earlier purchase of the "shincha sencha" tea to masters@adagio.com and we'll mail you a free sample of this tea to compare. We're convinced that you'll be impressed with its quality and value.

Katahira

tea farmer

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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