The first harvest of 2023 has begun here in Kyushu, from southern Chiran to northern Yame, from Oita in the east to Nagasaki in the west. With warm temperatures, low frost, and consistent amounts of rain, reports from all our tea areas suggest that you’ll be able to enjoy a particularly fragrant, umami-rich first flush this year.
Fresh-picked and packed with nutrients, the outstanding colour, aroma, and taste of shincha make it an experience you won’t want to miss.
The new harvest teas become available as the producers wrap up their new production. The schedule depends on the type of tea (sencha coming first, gyokuro in June), region (Chiran has the earliest harvest of Japan) and whether a tea must be certified organic or not.
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