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Seasonal Tea — Shincha

2019 Shincha Yamakai

Doug Palas 2019 Green Tea Japan Shincha Shizuoka

2019 Shincha Yamakai

Shizuoka Prefecture, located on the main island of Honshu, contains the largest tea growing region in Japan. The quality of tea produced here can be excellent, but the more innovative work involving unique cultivars, organic farming, and general experimentation tends to be done further south near Kagoshima where warmer weather allows for larger, earlier harvests. The advantage to tea grown in Shizuoka is a cool climate, located in a part of Japan known for its natural beauty, which allows the tea plant to grow slowly, and develop lots of savory flavor that is desirable in early spring harvested green tea....

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Japanese Green Tea Part 1

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Matcha Sencha Shaded Shincha

Japanese Green Tea Part 1

This is the first of two posts outlining Japanese green tea. It is not intended to be a complete guide to every type of style, cultivar, or growing region, but a general reference explaining the relationships between the different aspects of tea grown in Japan. Part 1 addresses history, and the different styles of Japanese green tea, while Part 2 looks at cultivars, producing regions, and harvest seasons. History Tea was originally believed to have been brought to Japan from China around 590 AD.  It was in 1191 however that tea really rooted itself in Japan when a Buddhist monk...

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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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2017 Asabata Shincha

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Shincha Shizuoka Yabukita

2017 Asabata 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 four different types of shincha that represent the varying flavors of different growing regions, cultivars, and processing. Asabata comes from a growing area located in Shizuoka Prefecture, the largest of the tea-producing prefectures in Japan. Located just outside of Tokyo, the mountains of Shizuoka provide a cool environment for tea to grow slowly...

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