In celebration of spring, we are offering this first-flush Sencha, known as Shincha(literally “new tea”), plucked on May 1, 2012— The Republic of Tea’s 20th Anniversary and the 88th day after the spring equinox. In Japan, it is said that if one drinks a cup of this “88 Night Shincha,” this person will enjoy a year of good health. Perhaps this can be attributed to the concentration of nutrients stored all winter in these first harvested spring leaves. Shincha is treasured by tea connoisseurs around the world for its absolute purity and essential taste of spring. The season’s first, tender leaves become a light, golden-green infusion in the cup with a refreshing, grassy aroma. a soft and smooth umami nectar then emerges on the palate with hints of sweet potato and pear and a long, buttery finish.
TEA GALLERY COLLECTION This artwork is by local Bay Area artist, Suzie Buchholz. It is tenth in a series from our Tea Gallery Collection. STEEPING INSTRUCTIONS Heat fresh filtered water just short of boiling. Pour the water (6 oz per cup) over the tea leaves and infuse for one to two minutes. Experiment to find your favored steeping time.
100% first-flush Yabukita Sencha green tea leaves from Kagoshima Prefecture
Country of Origin
What our Citizens are saying about this great gift of the leaf...
September 12, 2012
Shincha and sunrise on a Caribbean beach. That's a great way to start a year of health.