FIRST FLUSH 2022

THE BEST TEA OF THE YEAR

It’s Shincha time! Discover the first flush of our green teas as we roll them out as soon as the tea farmers have prepared them. We will constantly update this page over the coming days and weeks, so make sure to check it out often to find out if the 2022 vintage of favorite tea is available!

What is Shincha?

Shincha means ‘new tea’ in Japanese and is tea made from the first flush of the year, plucked between early and late April.

Green tea enthusiasts and connoisseurs wait impatiently for Shincha because of the special fragrance and taste that come with these young and fresh leaves. This special ‘kick’ lasts about four-six weeks, and that’s why ‘Shincha season’ ends around end of June to mid-July.

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

When you order premium-grade tea after the end of the Shincha period, the producers still 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, labelled ‘high-grade’ here at IKKYU.

  • MITSUE
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    SHINCHA 2022
    Competition Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    This competition-grade sencha from Chiran is wonderfully fragrant and balanced. Deep-steamed, it is a rare and delicious treat. First harvest 2022.
    PLAIN BAG :
    22 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    25 US$
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  • JUN
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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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  • IKKI
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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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  • KIRI
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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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  • REN
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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 2022
    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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  • KAZUYA
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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 2022
    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 2022
    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 2022
    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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  • SHINO
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    SHINCHA 2022
    BEST SELLER
    Competition Kamairicha
    REGION: 
    SAGA
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    This award-winning, competition-grade kamairicha takes you on a unique flavor journey. Enjoy its sweetness, chestnut and fruity notes.
    PLAIN BAG :
    14 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    17 US$
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