Ohayashi Shincha 2020

The fragrance of the liquor contrasts with that of the leaves, and it is very fresh, with no heaviness
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From the first contact with these sublime mountain tea leaves, we are surprised by the strength of the fragrance that they release. It is a very complex scent, but also very natural, with no excess sweetness due to it being deep steamed.

This tea is made from the Yabukita cultivar tea plant, which is one of the most famous cultivars. The fragrance of the liquor contrasts with that of the leaves, and it is very fresh, with no heaviness. In contrast, the liquor shows strength and depth. Notes of flowers, berries, peat, a slightly mineral texture, and yet this complexity does not in any way take away from the pleasure of drinking this liquor, of letting it flow down the throat as it deposits its many scents. The mellowness comes out only later, and it is the very special sweetness of sencha, very natural, completely different from the saccharine of amino acids.

This handpicked sencha is especially difficult to describe. You have to try it, befriend it, steep yourself in it to gradually grasp its extraordinary qualities.

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Serving tips

For this tea we suggest trying the Gong Fu-style of brewing. The idea behind it is to use a high tea leaf to water ratio and very short infusions. By using more tea leaves and very short infusions, we extract only parts of the full flavor spectrum. This means that this way of brewing lets you taste the tea in “sections”, which makes for a much more nuanced experience. because the flavor unfolds gradually and since a lot of leaf is used, those flavors are also significantly more intense than in western-style brewing.

Grams / 2dl
5-6
Temperature °C
60-65
Minutes
90 sec
Cups
3

Properties

Mineral
Green
Vegetal
Floral
Region Kakegawa, Shizouka
Season March - April 2020
Cultivar Yabukita
Elevation 50m