From 5,50 €
Kagoshima Shincha Yabukita, organic
First early harvest of the year, competition grade tea.
Harvested end of April 2018 in Kagoshima, Japan. Yabukita tea bush varietal. Leaves were picked by hand from tea gardens where tea is harvested only once a year, allowing them to fully revitalize themselves. Competition grade tea. EU Certified organic.
Shincha (translated as "new tea") is the first early harvest of the year. It is extremely sweet, with close to no astringency whatsoever, and refined, the latter aspect being hard to overstress.
There's also a poetic sense to drinking the first tea of the year - in a way, it encapsulates beautifully the essence of the quiet period of no fresh tea, it is a time of looking back and reflecting on where we have come from and definitely bears a special place in the heart of the tea lover.
As these teas always come in such limited quantities, they are mostly drunk up locally and rarely reach the Western market.
200ml / 70C
I - 40sec, II - 10sec, III - 30-40sec