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Seasonal Tea — Shizuoka

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 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 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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