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JUN

HIGH-GRADE ORGANIC SENCHA

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Description

Irie-san’s 35+ years of experience producing chemical- and pesticide-free green tea truly shows with this stunning sencha. This tea is grown at 600 meters above sea level which allows the tea leaves to absorb more nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. This pleasant and well-balanced sencha is a great everyday option. Subtle notes of persimmon and toasted almond accent a smooth liquor with notes of steamed bok choy and sweet grass.

“Jun” is one of the few organic teas from the Yame area. This tea is definitely one of our favorite and probably the best one to discover and enjoy Japanese green tea.

Made in small quantities by a farmer who relies on the sole power of nature, it is an exceptional and rare tea that even our clients in Japan are surprised to discover. Irie san’s tea has passed the most stringent tests, including those set up in Germany, making it a perfectly safe and healthy beverage to enjoy.

 

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
High-Grade Organic Sencha

Cultivars
Yabukita, Sae-Midori

Organic 
Yes, JAS and EUROFINS certification

Harvest
First harvest 2021

Tasting Notes

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.

FRAGRANCE

The fragrance of a cup of green tea can vary from a highly roasted aroma to a fresh one.

Preparation

Tea for 2
7g /0.25oz

Water
180ml /6.09oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing
45-60s

Brewing JUN with Yuka san

Producer

Irie san became convinced of the health benefits of green tea when, at 20, he suffered from gallstones and recovered quickly thanks to taking up to drinking green tea from his hometown, Yame. 

For 35 years now, Irie san has invested his time and energy to grow 100% chemical- and pesticide-free green tea. As such, he was one of the first tea producers in Japan to embrace organic tea production. Along with his son, he shows the utmost care for his fields and the environment, and is a fervent defender of sustainable agriculture and tea production.

Irie san’s Interview

Conservation & Packing

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Reviews

Reviews

  1. colepeters (verified owner)

    Jun has been my first foray into the world of Sencha, and I couldn’t imagine a better entry point. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a tea like this. The first impression (past the beautiful packaging) is a distinctive and surprising aroma, fresh, sweetly earthy. I was not at all prepared for the taste. It has a level of umami that, as far as tea goes, I’ve previously only tasted in matcha. Jun is gently sweet, subtly complex, and wonderfully smooth. I don’t have the proper vocabulary to give this tea its dues, except to say that I’m stunned by what I’m drinking. Irie-san has my highest respect, and I look forward to making this a regular purchase. ほんとうにありがとうございます、いりえさん!

  2. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Jun tea is the highlight of my day. Their fukamushi is a shortcut to meditative nirvana. I can only say good things!

  3. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    A very light and excellently balanced Sencha.

    Terrific if you are just starting out, or wanting something of a more subtle nature that is gently lilting and refreshing.

    This is a tea I have had to drink regularly to appreciate just how quiet and gentle the flavours are. My usual preference is for the heavier flavoured teas that linger, but I realised that this is a tea to stop and listen to and if you do she will tell you her secrets.

    Quiet, understated and gentle.

  4. Misun (verified owner)

    My first pure sencha ever and I’m not disappointed. First, the fragrance. It blew my mind, I didn’t trust the tasting notes but oh lord the fragrance is awesome ! Calm, appeasing, and especially refreshing, makes me think of a freshly cut sweet pineapple.
    And now the taste and texture ! A really appreciable brothy taste, strong umami , it coats the mouth perfectly and is a bit bitter but good and appreciable bitterness. Beware of your water temperature, brewing time and water to leaf ratio ! Because they really impact your experience. Try their instructions first then adjust to your taste. I personally use arround 4/5 g for 100ml of water, 70 degrees celsius, and 90 sec of brewing time for the first infusion. 2nd infusion: same exept I brew for 20-25 sec. Enjoy your tea !

  5. Annа (verified owner)

    Good balanced tea with excellent color and taste. This tea is good for the morning.

  6. Mateusz Lizewski (verified owner)

    A very good tea for reading and de-stressing! Great quality tea like all Yame’s teas.

  7. Casey Buckles (verified owner)

    Lovely tea with a lovely flavour. I tend to go for other types of greens then sencha, but i do enjoy this sencha.

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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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