Tasting Notes: Vibrant, silky liquor with notes of white flowers and verdant gardens.
Harvest: 2021 First Flush Spring Shincha
Our Sencha Sumire is a vibrantly green and deeply fragranced tea from the famed Kirishima district of Kagoshima. Made by an award winning grower/producer, this blend of two cultivars (Yutaka Midori and Kanayamidori) creates a richly satisfying Sencha. Enjoy its exotic floral overtone, and lush, silky mouthfeel. Easy to brew, lively and awakening, this sencha will quickly become your everyday green tea.
A sun-grown Japanese green tea, Sencha is typically bright in character and body. Once picked, tea leaves oxidize quickly, so to prevent this oxidation Sencha leaves are fanned with damp air until they are steamed and cooled shortly after harvest to halt enzymatic oxidation and preserve the brilliant, green taste of the camellia sinensis tea plant. You will be able to tell the quality of your Japanese green tea in its verdant, green hue, as improperly steamed or lower quality Senchas will lose their color, flavor, and aroma.
Best brewed at cooler temperatures to preserve the lively nature of this tea, we recommend brewing your Sencha at 165 degrees F for no more than 2 minutes on the first Western-style steep. For those at-home brewers with traditional teaware, this gorgeous Sencha absolutely benefits from steeping in a traditional kyusu. Please anticipate 2-3 lovely and lively steeps in a Western-style teapot and 4-6 steeps using a kyusu.
Japanese green teas are best brewed between 170-180 degrees for 1 - 2 minutes. Chinese green teas are best brewed between 175-185 for 3 - 4 minutes.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea, like white tea, is made from buds and young leaves. After the initial withering phase the tea is rolled or twisted to release the essential oils of the leaves. This additional handling causes the leaf to begin to oxidize, a process which if left alone, would produce black tea. In order to stop this process at the right time (roughly 30% oxidation) the producer introduces heat in one of two ways: with steam (the Japanese style) or with dry heat (the Chinese style). These two different styles produce two broad types of green tea. The Japanese style is dark green, glossy, and deeply vegetal while the Chinese style is lighter in color and introduces an elegant toastiness to the tea.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. Although green tea is promoted as having the highest antioxidants of all types of tea, varying factors change antioxidant contents between all types of tea. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.