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First Harvest (shincha) 2020

Description
This premium sencha hails from Chiran area, Kagoshima prefecture, the largest tea production area of Japan, and is one of the leading products of Shimono-en. Harvested in April, it is a blend of no less than four cultivars: yutaka midori, yabukita, sae midori and asatsuyu.

This very rare sencha should be brewed for about 60 seconds at 70°C to enjoy properly the power of its umami and its incredible sweetness. Without any bitterness, the very fresh fragrance of this sencha and its pleasing and beautiful green color makes it a real jewel. You can still enjoy its quality and complexity after a second and third brews. 

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Chiran
Quality and Type
Premium Sencha
Process
Deep-steamed
Cultivars
Yutaka Midori, Yabukita, Sae Midori and Asatsuyu

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
6g /0.21oz

Water quantity
180ml /6.09oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
60s

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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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$20$23

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First Harvest (shincha) 2020

Description
This premium sencha hails from Chiran area, Kagoshima prefecture, the largest tea production area of Japan, and is one of the leading products of Shimono-en. Harvested in April, it is a blend of no less than four cultivars: yutaka midori, yabukita, sae midori and asatsuyu.

This very rare sencha should be brewed for about 60 seconds at 70°C to enjoy properly the power of its umami and its incredible sweetness. Without any bitterness, the very fresh fragrance of this sencha and its pleasing and beautiful green color makes it a real jewel. You can still enjoy its quality and complexity after a second and third brews. 

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Chiran
Quality and Type
Premium Sencha
Process
Deep-steamed
Cultivars
Yutaka Midori, Yabukita, Sae Midori and Asatsuyu

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
6g /0.21oz

Water quantity
180ml /6.09oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
60s

 

 

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