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First harvest tea (2021)

Description
This high-grade organic sencha is grown at the top of Yame mountains. Its leaves are covered with snow and so develops more nutrients that create a powerful and delicious taste.

The first brew yields a deep-green tea with a highly pleasing aroma with notes of artichoke and a hint of chestnut. Enjoy its round and rich mouthfeel, with a delicious umami that will linger for a long while.

Producer

Origin
100% organic Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
High-Grade Sencha
Cultivars
Okumidori

Harashima san’s interview

Tasting Notes
Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.
Conservation
Unopened
1 year
Opened
3 weeks
Preparation
Tea quantity (for two cups)
4g /0.14oz
Water quantity (2 cups)
160ml /5.41oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
90s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    The taste of this tea is sweet and caramel-like. My personal advice for preparing it is the following: 7g, don’t forget to put the lid 🙂 pour to small cups and let it cool down to approx 40C.

  2. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    A light and uplifting Sencha, very smooth, not too grassy and leaves your mouth precisely when she intends to.

    A beautiful tea, I look forward to getting reacquainted with again and again.

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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CHIYO

$25$28

Clear

First harvest tea (2021)

Description
This high-grade organic sencha is grown at the top of Yame mountains. Its leaves are covered with snow and so develops more nutrients that create a powerful and delicious taste.

The first brew yields a deep-green tea with a highly pleasing aroma with notes of artichoke and a hint of chestnut. Enjoy its round and rich mouthfeel, with a delicious umami that will linger for a long while.

Producer

Origin
100% organic Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
High-Grade Sencha
Cultivars
Okumidori

Harashima san’s interview

Tasting Notes
Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.
Conservation
Unopened
1 year
Opened
3 weeks
Preparation
Tea quantity (for two cups)
4g /0.14oz
Water quantity (2 cups)
160ml /5.41oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
90s

what is matcha ?

Matcha (抹茶) is a fine powdered green tea made from tencha leaves (shaded leaves) that benefits from high theanine contents. Matcha combines an elegant aroma and sweetness, and brings a pleasant state of relaxation to both body and mind. Because the leaf powder is dissolved in hot water, all of the tea nutrients are ingested, including those that are not water-soluble (vitamin A, protein, vitamin E, minerals, dietary fibers).

In Japan, matcha is enjoyed during the Tea Ceremony, according to the Sado principles. Even if you are no specialist, to prepare your daily matcha, you will need several key accessories, such as a chawan (matcha bowl), chashaku (bamboo scoop), a chasen (matcha whisk) and a kusenaoshi (chasen holder). Since 2021, our shop includes handmade chasen made in Takayama, Nara prefecture, with 100% Japanese bamboo. Feel free to browse our tea accessories section to complete or start your collection.

 

 

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then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
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