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Isagawa Sencha Loose Leaf Tea

Isagawa Sencha Loose Leaf Tea

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Learn all the secrets of the Sencha Loose Leaf Tea

The Isagawa Sencha Loose Leaf Tea is a citrusy and fresh unshaded sencha from Shizuoka. This sencha green tea loose leaf has deliciously smooth minerality

Taste

Sencha Loose Leaf Tea flavor chart

Discover the results of Nio Teas’ 4 step tea tasting method

To evaluate the flavor of the Isagawa Sencha Loose Leaf Tea we look for a combination of the aroma and also how the tea interacts with the palate. Does it produce a dryness, acidity, minerality, sweetness or umami? We’ll also evaluate the texture of the tea, otherwise known as mouthfeel. Finally, for sencha tea, we’ll evaluate it based on how vegetal the taste profile is as this is a common characteristic throughout most sencha teas. 

Step 1 - Observing the Appearance

This is a japanese sencha green tea loose leaf and the leaves are on the lighter side, as the tea is unshaded and they are rolled into tight needle shapes with some smaller leaf particles.

Step 2 - Assessing the Aroma

The aroma coming off the sencha green tea loose leaf leaves is light and citrusy, with a tiny hint of these marine or steamed spinach notes.

Step 3 - Tasting the Tea

TheIsagawa sencha loose leaf tea begins with a shy minerality and then begins to plunge deep into a citrusy flavor profile with notes of lemon peel. The tea finishes off with a dry, late summer grass or hay note and leaves the palate cool and refreshed.

Step 4 - Evaluating the sensation on the palate

The Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea benefits from a strong physicality, with a tingling minerality present throughout. The mouthfeel is very thin, with a mouthwatering acidity. There is a small, almost imperceptible sweetness that begins to peek, but is later overtaken by the slightly dry finish.

100% Organically grown and Ethically Sourced

At Nio, we like to collaborate with tea farmers who employ organic farming methods and steer clear of hazardous pesticides or chemicals. Our belief is that this approach to natural farming not only enriches the taste of the tea but also supports the health and longevity of the tea fields.

In our experience, tea plantations that use these organic farming techniques cultivate strong and flourishing tea plants while also nurturing a lively ecosystem that supports a variety of plant and animal species.

Nio Teas Unique Organically grown sourcing process

  • We conduct thorough taste tests to find the ideal flavor profile for each tea.
  • We communicate with farmers to learn about their organic and chemical-free farming practices.
  • We conduct on-site inspections of tea plantations to assess the quality of crops and manufacturing facilities.
  • We evaluate the surrounding ecosystem to ensure the preservation of the plant and wildlife species
JAS Japanese Agriculture Standards logo

JAS Certified

Some of our teas, including the Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea, are marked with the JAS logo, indicating compliance with Japanese Agriculture Standards. These regulations prohibit the use of pesticides and chemicals in tea cultivation.

Nio collaborates exclusively with farmers who employ pesticide and chemical-free farming techniques. We require larger tea farmers to possess the JAS certification, which is obtained through soil sampling and analysis.

For smaller tea farmers with limited resources for soil testing, we accept the "pesticide-free" label to offer them the chance to showcase their teas while upholding our pledge to sustainability and excellence.

How to prepare the tea

To prepare this Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea, you can use a lower temperature water and a shorter brewing time. 1 minute should be more than enough time to extract a delicious flavor from the green tea.

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    Step 1

    First, heat the water to a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will be the perfect temperature for this sencha green tea loose leaf.

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    Step 2

    Add 5 grams of the sencha green tea loose leaf to your kyusu teapot and then pour in 150ml of the water you heated previously.

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    Step 3

    Allow the tea leaves to brew in the water undisturbed for 1 minute, which should be enough time for the tea leaves to open up and release their flavor into the water.

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    Step 4

    After the brewing time is up, you can pour out your shizuoka sencha and the teapot will automatically filter out the leaves so they don’t end up in your cup. Enjoy your tea!

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    2nd brew

    Don't throw your leaves out after the first brewing! The Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea can be brewed 2-3 more times. To reinfuse the tea, simply pour additional hot water into the teapot and allow the leaves to steep for 20 seconds.

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    Cold brew

    In addition to producing a delicious hot cup of tea, the Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea also works great as a cold brew. To learn more about how to cold brew green tea, visit our blog and read the complete article.

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Necessary teaware

To brew up a delicious cup of this Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea, you’ll need a kyusu teapot. The ideal teapot for this is the Fukamushi teapot, as this teapot has a circular mesh filter that makes it easier to sift out the tea leaves as you pour.

Alternative without teaware 

If you don’t have a teapot at home, we recommend using a tea strainer for the Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea. This will separate the tea leaves as you pour and stop the infusion so the tea doesn’t overbrew. 

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osada tea farm in japan

Location of production and farmer

Information about the farm

For generations, the Osada family has been cultivating tea in Shizuoka. They have turned their small, family-run tea farm into a medium-sized enterprise that provides employment to numerous people in the area.

Despite increasing their tea production, they remain devoted to maintaining quality. To accomplish this, they collaborate with small producers situated in the mountains. This allows them to merge the meticulousness of a small tea field with the expertise and resources of a larger operation. To enhance quality even further, they have relocated their production facility to the mountains, nearer to the origin of their tea.

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Sourced in Isagawa

Japan

Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea is created in the organic village of Isagawa, a collective of tea farmers committed to cultivating their tea without harmful pesticides or chemicals.

In tea cultivation, it’s not only about making sure your tea fields are free of pesticides, you also need to guarantee the surrounding land is also free from chemicals. This is why it’s so important for the Isagawa farmers to collaborate and ensure that all their tea fields adhere to organic standards.

Cultivar and tea plant variety

The Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea is made from the Yabukita cultivar, the most common type of tea plant used in Japan.

  • Yabukita

    The Yabukita is a tougher cultivar, so it is easier to grow in the rocky mountain soils of Shizuoka. This tea produces more of these vegetal flavors, which really go well with the strong minerality of the Isagawa sencha loose leaf tea.

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