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.

  • ATSUKO
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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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  • AYUMI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-Grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    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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  • MITSUMI
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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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  • MITSUE
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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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  • JUN
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    SHINCHA 2021
    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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    OUT OF STOCK
    Premium Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    An organic fukamushi sencha with a full, rich mouthfeel, very aromatic and vibrant, with notes of fresh spinach, pea tendrils, and yuzu peel.
    PLAIN BAG :
    16 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    19 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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  • 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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  • WHITE TEA
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium White Tea
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    Produced in Yame, this is a rare and exceptional Japanese white tea. Enjoy its silken texture, notes of narcissus, blanched spinach and sweet corn, and lingering sweetness.
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  • KAZUYA
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Competition Sencha
    REGION: 
    Saga
    ORGANIC: 
    Yes
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A 100% organic sencha, wtih a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, and a delicious honey touch.
    PLAIN BAG :
    20 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    23 US$
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  • KAZUHIRO
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Organic Gyokuro
    REGION: 
    Saga
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76OZ
    A unique organic gyokuro with aromatic notes of wildflowers and dried honey that balance with refined notes of steamed asparagus. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    29 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    32 US$
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  • KOJI
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Tamaryokucha
    REGION: 
    OITA
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A premium organic tamaryokucha from Oita with notes of toasted hazelnut and Brussels sprouts accented by subtle nuances of dried mango and magnolia. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    14 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    17 US$
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  • KOTARO
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    SHINCHA 2021
    High-grade Tamaryokucha
    REGION: 
    OITA
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A high-grade organic tamaryokucha. Deep-steamed, low in caffeine, with next to no bitterness, and a subtle touch of umami. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    11 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    14 US$
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