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.

  • SATORI
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    2022 HARVEST
    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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    39 US$
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  • NAOKO
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    SHINCHA 2022
    High-Grade Sencha
    REGION: 
    CHIRAN
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
    WEIGHT: 
    50G / 1.76 OZ
    Refreshing and sweet, this organic tea is packed with umami. A high-grade deep-steamed sencha that can be enjoyed in the early afternoon.
    PLAIN BAG :
    12 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    14 US$
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  • SAWA
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    SHINCHA 2022
    BEST SELLER
    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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  • ATSUKO
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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 2022
    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 2022
    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 2022
    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 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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  • HIKARU
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    2022 HARVEST
    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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  • 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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  • NAOMI
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    SHINCHA 2022
    Premium Sencha
    REGION: 
    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 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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  • ISAO
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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 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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  • YOSHIAKI
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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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  • YOSHIRO
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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 2022
    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:
    15 US$
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  • TOSHIRO
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    SHINCHA 2022
    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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  • 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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