From 5,50 €
2019 Kagoshima Shincha Shibushi
First harvest, competition grade green tea
Handpicked early harvest green tea, that is set to parttake in a competetion held in autumn, from Shibushi district in Kagoshima. Very lightly steamed, the final heating (hire) is done over a longer time, giving the tea a distinct chestnut aroma. Vibrant, light-bodied and very complex in taste. Harvested beginning of April 2019 from Yabukita tea bushes and produced in very limited quantities (just 16 kilos in total)
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 / 65C
I - 60sec, II - 10sec, III - 10sec