This premium sencha is made from the finest tips of the tea plant, delivering plenty of nutrients to the tea. The flavor is powerful, complex and smooth. Normally, a Yabukita sencha would produce more of a grassy flavor, but this one is more well balanced. It begins with a strong savory flavor which later allows space for these powerful edamame and baby spinach notes. The tea has some subtle fruity notes to it, which pick up in the second steeping. In the second steeping of this tea, you will notice a tropical, citrusy note similar to that of grapefruit and banana. This tea is quite an experience, and the well-seasoned sencha drinkers will certainly appreciate both the power and complexity of this tea.
This tea comes to us from Hioki City in Kagoshima. It is grown on sea level in a warm, subtropical region in southern Japan with lots of rainfall. The tea in this region is nurtured by fertile volcanic soils and a warm climate. We visited the Farmer, Kawaji-san in November 2019. We got a chance to sit down with him and his family to do a few tastings of the sencha teas he had created. It was clear that a lot of thought went into producing these teas, and the farmer displayed them to us with great pride. He blended different tea varieties together to produce entirely different teas. Ultimately, this is one of the teas we settled on.
Steeping: 60 degrees C/ 140 degrees F for 45-60 seconds. Can be steeped up to 6 times at 20 seconds each