Sencha

A 11-post collection,

November 2018 – Yuzu Sencha from Uji and Tokushima

This month we selected a Yuzu Sencha (柚子煎茶). This is not exactly what I would call an authentic green tea, however it's a nice green tea mixed with yuzu zest. Yuzu Sencha Yuzu (柚子) is a citrus fruit. Japan is the number one country for the production and consumption of yuzu in the world. In general, we don’t eat yuzu as-is, because it is too bitter and sour. However, it does have a very pleasant aroma. Therefore, we make
- November 2018 – Yuzu Sencha from Uji and Tokushima

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October 2018 - Sencha from Kagoshima

For once it's not Yasuko writing about tea! I don't have her knowledge of Japanese history and culture, but I will try to take you for a short trip to the South of Japan, from where I brought back the October 2018 selection: a Sencha (煎茶) from Kagoshima (鹿児島). Ibusuki Kyūshū (九州) is the southernmost island among the four main islands of the Japanese archipelago. Kyūshū litteraly means "nine states", and is thus composed of nine prefectures. Interestingly, the name
- October 2018 - Sencha from Kagoshima

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July 2018 – Shincha from Kagoshima

The season of Shincha (新茶) has come! For 2018, we selected that of Chiran (知覧) in the prefecture of Kagoshima (鹿児島). Shincha We selected a shincha from the prefecture of Kagoshima this year, the second region in terms of green tea production in Japan, located on the island of Kyūshū, at the southwest end of Japanese islands (though not as far as Okinawa). Here, precisely in the town of Chiran, climate is temperate and soils are fertile. As a result,
- July 2018 – Shincha from Kagoshima

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September 2017 - Tsukimi Sencha from Kyōto

This month we selected a type of Sencha called Tsukimi Sencha (月見煎茶), from the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Tsukimi Sencha Sencha constitutes 80% of the green tea produced in Japan, however Sencha doesn't have a long history. Formerly teas in Japan were not green, but brown, similar to black teas or oolong teas. Sencha was completed by Nagatani Sōen (永谷宗円) who lived in Kyōto during the Edo area (17th century). He invented a method for drying tea leaves and stalks
- September 2017 - Tsukimi Sencha from Kyōto

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May 2017 - Shincha from Okinawa

This month we selected a Shincha (新茶) from the prefecture of Okinawa (沖縄). Shincha Shincha (新茶) 2017, the new tea leaves of the year have been released from Okinawa (沖縄), the southern island of Japan! Shincha is generally harvested from the 88th day following the spring equinox (February 4th) of the lunar calendar in Japan, and it falls on May 2nd this year. However, due to its geographical location, Okinawa’s case is different. The harvest started from the middle
- May 2017 - Shincha from Okinawa

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