SHINCHA 2021

WHAT IS SHINCHA ?

Shincha means ‘new tea’, and refers to tea made from the first harvest of the year. The best green teas are made with leaves plucked in early April.

Green tea enthusiasts and connoisseurs wait impatiently for it because of the special fragrance and taste that come with these young and fresh leaves that you can enjoy as soon as you open the bag. This special ‘kick’ lasts about four-six weeks, and that’s why ‘shincha time’ ends around June.

While shincha is traditionally associated with sencha, all green teas of the highest quality- those that IKKYU labels as ‘premium’- made from the first harvest of the year (such as gyokuro, kabusecha, tamaryokucha, kamairicha) are called shincha.

When you order premium-grade tea after the end of the shincha period, the producers stilé use leaves they picked during the first harvest to make new batches, thus guaranteeing perfect freshness and quality. Producers store hundred of kilos of whole leaves in huge refrigerated places and process them throughout the year.

The second harvest (May-June depending on the area) also yields superior quality tea – that we label ‘high-grade’ here at IKKYU.

  • SATORI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    BEST SELLER
    Premium Gyokuro
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A stunning premium Yame dento hon gyokuro, with complex and enveloping notes of miso and nori with hints of citrus and nasturtium.
    PLAIN BAG :
    36 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    39 US$
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  • SAWA
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    SHINCHA 2021
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    Premium Kabusecha
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    The shading of this tea leads to strong umami characteristics, with notes of pine and narcissus, as well as bok choy, nori and artichoke. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    15 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    18 US$
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A high-grade, lightly steamed sencha from Yame, with notes of fresh bean sprouts, watercress, and lily. Very accessible and enjoyable. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    14 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    17 US$
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Sencha
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    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    Tasty and easy to brew, this high-grade sencha from Yame stands out with its umami while the other tastes are more discrete. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    11 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    13 US$
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  • AIKO
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Sencha
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    Powerful and easy to brew, this premium sencha from Yame stands out thanks to its umami that brings it close to a gyokuro.
    PLAIN BAG :
    22 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    25 US$
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A deep-steamed sencha with notes of bean sprouts and watercress accented by notes of wildflowers and kumquat peel.
    PLAIN BAG :
    15 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    17 US$
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Competition Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    This competition-grade sencha from Chiran is wonderfully fragrant and balanced. Deep-steamed, with low caffeine levels, a rare and delicious treat.
    PLAIN BAG :
    22 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    25 US$
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  • HIKARU
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Gyokuro
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A dento-hon gyokuro from Yame with a full-bodied liquor with notes of nori, steamed artichoke hearts, and dried lily.
    PLAIN BAG :
    25 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    28 US$
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    High-Grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    Yes
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A delicious organic sencha. Notes of persimmon and toasted almond accent a smooth liquor with notes of steamed bok choy and sweet grass. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    14 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    17 US$
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  • NAOMI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Sencha
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    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    An organic fukamushi sencha with a full mouthfeel, aromatic and vibrant, with notes of spinach, pea tendrils and yuzu. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    16 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    19 US$
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  • IKKI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Shiraore
    REGION: 
    HIGASHI-SONOGI
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    100G / 3.52 OZ
    The bright green liquor of this shiraore is filled with refreshing citrus notes with hints of steamed asparagus and barley. Easy to drink, perfect for cold brews.
    PLAIN BAG :
    12 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    15 US$
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  • ISAO
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Tamaryokucha
    REGION: 
    HIGASHI-SONOGI
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A bright and balanced tamaryokucha, highly aromatic and elegant with notes of kumquat, toasted pine nut, and steamed arugula. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    12 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    14 US$
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  • KIRI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Tamaryokucha
    REGION: 
    HIGASHI-SONOGI
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    80G / 2.82 OZ
    Enjoy its balanced complexity and lingering sweetness. Captivating, bright citrus notes are followed by notes of fresh almond and steamed arugula. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    27 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    30 US$
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  • YOSHIAKI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    MIYAZAKI
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A sencha that impresses with its strong umami and low bitterness, made by a 10th-dan tea master. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    13 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    16 US$
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  • YOSHI
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    High-Grade Kamairicha
    REGION: 
    MIYAZAKI
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    An organic Kamairicha with hints of edamame, cooked spinach, and toasted almond accented by subtle notes of white sesame seed and persimmon.
    PLAIN BAG :
    14 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    17 US$
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    High-Grade Kamairicha
    REGION: 
    MIYAZAKI
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    An aromatic kamairicha with notes of artichoke hearts, daikon, and chestnuts, with subtle hints of roasted corn and toasted peanut. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    12 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    15 US$
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  • TOMOMI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Kamairicha
    REGION: 
    MIYAZAKI
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    An organic kamairicha with notes of toasted hazelnut and white sesame seed carried by notes of butter lettuce and nori. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    12 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    14 US$
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  • TOSHIRO
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-grade Kamairicha
    REGION: 
    MIYAZAKI
    ORGANIC: 
    yes
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    An organic Kamairicha with a comforting balance of roasted soybean, cooked bok choy, and asparagus notes with a subtle umami. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    11 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    14 US$
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A light-body sencha with notes of steamed broccoli, pine nut, and water chestnut, as well as dried gardenia and spring flowers. First harvest.
    PLAIN BAG :
    11 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    13 US$
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  • REI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A bright and refreshing sencha with notes of zucchini, buttered spinach, and sweetgrass, with a lingering sweetness and rich umami.
    PLAIN BAG :
    20 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    23 US$
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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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