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Seasonal Tea — Kagoshima

Organic Matcha

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Kagoshima Matcha

Organic Matcha

Matcha is powdered green tea from Japan. When whisked vigorously with hot water, it produces a thick, frothy beverage that is rich in flavor, amino acids, and antioxidants. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty in the form of a coarse, steamed green tea that was compressed into cakes. Pieces of the dried cakes would be roasted and crushed into a powder to be mixed with water. In 1191, a Zen Buddhist monk named Eisai traveled from Japan to China and returned with powdered tea. Over the next couple of centuries, the cultivation and processing of matcha was perfected...

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Sencha Asatsuyu

Doug Palas Asatsuyu Green Tea Japan Kagoshima Sencha

Sencha Asatsuyu

Most sencha is a blend of many different teas. Whether it is made from different cultivars, vintages, harvest seasons, steaming types, or leaf sizes, a sencha is almost always a blend several different teas. Our Sencha Asatsuyu is unusual because it is a single cultivar, medium-steamed tea that was harvested last year during the end of the May. Sencha made from a single cultivar was at one time somewhat unusual. As Western tea drinkers have learned about Japanese tea, the popularity has increased. An understanding that the cultivars and processes are as varied as the ones used in wine production...

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2017 Organic Kagoshima Sencha

Doug Palas 2017 Green Tea Japan Kagoshima Sencha

2017 Organic Kagoshima Sencha

Kagoshima Prefecture is located on the south end of the southern island of Kyushu in Japan. Since it is located so far south, the weather is warmer, and as a result tea harvests early compared with other Japanese growing regions. Not too long ago, Kagoshima had a reputation for producing inexpensive, commodity teas. In the past 10 years, Kagoshima has shed this reputation by not only improving quality, but through experimentation. I see a wider range of cultivar and processing style coming from Kagoshima compared to other growing regions such as Yame, Uji, and Shizuoka, which tend to follow tradition....

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Japanese Green Tea Part 2

Doug Palas Asatsuyu Green Tea Japan Kagoshima Okumidori Sencha Shizuoka Yabukita Yame

Japanese Green Tea Part 2

Similar to Part 1, this guide is intended to be an overview focusing on growing regions, a small list of popular cultivars, and harvest seasons for Japanese green tea. Notable Tea Producing Regions Tea is mostly grown throughout southern and central Japan. In the north the climate is too cold to produce great tea. Uji- Located in the Kyoto prefecture, Uji is the most historically significant growing region in Japan. This is the prefecture where tea originally landed when it came from China to Japan. It is the birthplace of such styles as Gyokuro and Matcha but also produces excellent quality...

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2017 Kanenaga Shincha

Doug Palas 2017 Early Spring Green Tea Japan Kagoshima Shincha Yabukita

2017 Kanenaga Shincha

Shincha is the seasonal expression of sencha. Sencha is blended from various lots of green tea, regardless of whether they were different harvests, vintages, or steaming processes. In total contrast, a shincha is sencha from the earliest spring harvest of one particular year. This year we found three different types of shincha that represent the varying flavors of different growing regions, cultivars, and processing. Kanenaga comes from Kagoshima Prefecture, the most diverse tea-producing prefectures in Japan in terms of types of cultivars and processing styles.  It is the southernmost prefecture so the warmer weather allows the tea to develop faster...

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