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First Harvest Tea (shincha 2021)

Description
This sencha is of the highest quality and has been presented to national competitions. After harvest, leaves are deep-steamed so that both umami and sweetness can be fully expressed, so this is a fukamushi sencha. This sencha is a blend of two rare cultivars, sae midori and yukata midori, that can easily thrive in the mild and warm climate of Chiran area (Kagoshima).

Its rich taste, freshness and lack of bitterness makes it a true jewel that will bring you real pleasure and happiness. Its high theanine contents will allow your body to relax and its very low amounts of caffeine will let you enjoy this unique and incredible tea all day long.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Chiran
Quality and Type
Competition Sencha
Process
Deep-steamed
Organic
No
Cultivars
Yutaka-Midori, Yabukita

Tasting Notes

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

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
4g /0.14oz

Water quantity
160ml /5.41oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
45s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    This fukamushicha has a beautiful colour and a lovely smell. It tastes clean and delicious. It is one of my favourite teas.

  2. Ching@1996 (verified owner)

    This green tea is one of the best tea I have tried here in Ikkyu! It has a beautiful green color and pleasant taste making me relax.

  3. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this tea. When in the mood for a splurge this one can’t be beat. Strong umami hit.

  4. Dave H. (verified owner)

    This tea has a lovely color and aroma. Multiple infusions bring out different flavor nuances. It’s truly gem!

  5. Mateusz Lizewski (verified owner)

    Perfect tea for a perfect sunday! Nice umami touch

  6. Patrick Boyog (verified owner)

    A wonderful flavor. Great smell. Wonderful each of the 3 brews I did from 4grams worth of tea I used to brew my first two cups with some of the best umami I myself have ever had. It is a very calming Sencha as I felt super relaxed after drinking. I give this sencha a 10/10.

  7. Ilya Gorbachev (verified owner)

    This tea has a deep and well-rounded flavour with pronounced umami notes as well as long and pleasant aftertaste. No bitterness whatsoever even if brewed with more leaves per unit of water than suggested. The aroma is hard for me to describe, it’s very enjoyable and is in harmony with the taste.

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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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MITSUE

$22$25

Clear

First Harvest Tea (shincha 2021)

Description
This sencha is of the highest quality and has been presented to national competitions. After harvest, leaves are deep-steamed so that both umami and sweetness can be fully expressed, so this is a fukamushi sencha. This sencha is a blend of two rare cultivars, sae midori and yukata midori, that can easily thrive in the mild and warm climate of Chiran area (Kagoshima).

Its rich taste, freshness and lack of bitterness makes it a true jewel that will bring you real pleasure and happiness. Its high theanine contents will allow your body to relax and its very low amounts of caffeine will let you enjoy this unique and incredible tea all day long.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Chiran
Quality and Type
Competition Sencha
Process
Deep-steamed
Organic
No
Cultivars
Yutaka-Midori, Yabukita

Tasting Notes

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

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
4g /0.14oz

Water quantity
160ml /5.41oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
45s

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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