Sencha green tea leaves from Japan

NAOKO

High-Grade organic Sencha

NAOKO
NAOKO
NAOKO
NAOKO
NAOKO
NAOKO
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Refreshing and sweet, this organic tea is packed with umami. A high-grade deep-steamed sencha that can be enjoyed in the early afternoon.

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Description

2024 first harvest 

This delicious organic sencha from Chiran area (Kagoshima) is from the second harvest of the year and prepared by Orita san, one of the first tea growers to switch to organic farming in Japan. This high-grade green tea can be brewed very quickly, in just 40 seconds. Because of its low caffeine levels, it can be enjoyed any time during the day.

Its very high levels of theanine and catechines guarantee high contents of amino acids and antioxidants, but also a very nice feeling of relaxation. Although its bitterness is obvious, its lightly roasted fragrance and low-key umami make this green tea the perfect match for a well-deserved break with some sweets.

Now available in 100g bags, and also available in 5 x 100g bulk (get 15% off) and 1 x 1kg (1 pack of 1kg - save 20%!)


Information

Net Weight: 100g
Harvest: 2023
Origin: 100% Japanese tea from Chiran
Quality and type: High-Grade Sencha
Organic: Yes JAS
Cultivars: Kanaya-Midori
Conservation: 1 year unopened
Optimal tasting: within 6 weeks after opening

Brewing Instructions



tea leaves Tea for 2
6g / 0.21 oz

water dosimeter Water
200ml / ~6.76 fl oz

tea spoons Temperature
80C / 176F

time iconTime
40s


Tasting Guide

Aromatic Profiles

NOBUO ORITA


Orita Nobuo san was 24 years-old when he inherited his family tea farm and factory from his father, in 1970. Established in 1960, Orita-en tea plantation decided to turn to organic tea already in the 1970s, but it took them 20 years of trial and errors to find the right method that would yield a satisfactory result. They received the JAS organic certification in 2000 when it was first launched.

The fields of Orita-en cover 25 ha in Chiran area. Their teas benefits from the rich soil and the mild climate of the Kagoshima peninsula. Their products are the results of both a great environment and careful work. Tea trees that grow according to organic standards and methods tend to become deficient because their metabolism is activated and requires a large amount of nutrients and trace elements.

Relying on scientific data, Orita-en selects the type and quantity of nutrients necessary by performing original soil analysis and fertilisation design. Using microorganisms, they can achieve synergy with fertiliser agents and obtain a highly efficient control.


What Customers say

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AZ
04/07/2024
Alexander Z.
United States United States

middling sencha

Mild sencha with a somewhat "dry" flavor. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing I would order again. I've tried playing with steeping times and cannot pull off a full flavor that does not also get bitter. Either I lose flavor or get bitter. But that may be up to personal taste.

TF
08/24/2023
Tobias F.
Germany Germany

My favorite one

The taste is great and it actually looks green when steeped and not yellow

BS
08/06/2023
Brad S.
United States United States

Good Tea

Good tea. I find infusing the first two cups at 73-75C lowers the bitterness. After that it seems fine closer to 80C.

JL
03/27/2023
Jane L.
Singapore Singapore

Smooth refreshing tea

I like it because it's non astringent and has a smooth, refreshing taste. However, the leaves are so fine that I need a pot or strainer with a mesh or a lot of the leaves will end up in the cup. But due to the leaves being so fine I also don't need use so much of the leaves.

A Ikkyu Tea Customer
KE
11/09/2022
Kipp E.
United States United States

The perfect embodiment of Kanayamidori

Naoko has proven itself my favorite IKKYU tea offering, yielding a rich, inky jade green liquor with milky and fruity notes, and a redolent, honey-like fragrance. The astrigency of the tea perfectly prolongs the fruity notes on the palate, leading to a highly satisfying tea drinking experience, particularly in the afternoons as a rejuvenator. My only hope is that IKKYU decides to expand its sizing options for Naoko to include a more economical 5 X 100 gm selection at a 15-20% discount. All in all, a true 5-star tea drinking experience.

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