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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.

  8. Anna Grant (verified owner)

    I love this tea! I’ve been drinking Japanese green teas for most of my life and this has been my favorite. I drink it every day and it’s very balanced and flavorful. Highly recommend!

  9. Alan M. (verified owner)

    Loved this tea! It has a strong umami and sweet flavor at the beginning, with a minimal bitter or astringency at the end. For a hot brew I’d recommend using 4.5g of leaves for every 100 ml of water (the more leaves per water ratio, the better), for a fukamushi like this I find this a perfect amount. Just leave the first brew for aprox. 75 sec at 70ºC, the second for 20 sec and the third for 60 sec. For a cold brew (I live in a hot place so I tried different ratios & times for this) I think you should try 15 g for every 1L of water and leave it for at least 8 to 10 hours (if you can, leave it all night in the refrigerator). Without doubt this is a perfect sencha for all occasions and for the people who is already accustomed to the specific temperatures and times a high quality sencha requires to take out it’s full flavor.

  10. Dale (verified owner)

    Mellow and pleasant. Flavour doesn’t seem to stand out much for me compared to the other selections but overall still an enjoyable tea

  11. YOSEF (verified owner)

    The tea is very tasty and low in caffeine. The leaves are thin and I also drink them along with the tea

  12. Joe Halasey (verified owner)

    I drink this tea late in the day. Subtle flavors but delicious

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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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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

 

 

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