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Kagoshima Shincha (first tea)
Garden: Hamasa Garden, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Harvest: May 2019
Taste: Refreshing with grassy and umami notes with gentle savoury aroma
Japanese green tea has been highly valued and treasured as a precious medicine for health and longevity since green tea was introduced to Japan in 805 by Buddhist monks. This particular version of Sencha is manufactured to reflect the traditional taste of this famous tea.
Unlike Chinese green tea, Japanese green tea is first steamed for between 15-45 seconds to prevent oxidization of the leaves. Then the leaves are rolled, shaped, and dried. This step creates the customary thin cylindrical shape of the tea. Finally, after drying, the leaves are fired to aid in their preservation and to add flavour.
This particular lightly steamed Sencha is grown in full sun at an altitude of 450-metres at the foot of the mountain Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture. The misty climate, sloping hills, warm days and cool nights create an idyllic environment for the tea plant. No chemicals are used in the growing or processing of the tea.Traditional Sencha offers a very good quality-to-price ratio for those who want a light-bodied green tea for drinking or fermenting.
Brewing Advice: 2 grams, 60-70 degrees, infuse for 1-2 minutes (multiple infusions)