A premium sencha coming from the Yokota Tea Garden which was picked on the 88th night (Japanese: 八十八夜; hachijyu-hachiya). According to the traditional Japanese lunar calendar, hachijyu-hachiya signifies the 88th night after the start of spring and is also used to mark the start of shincha harvesting. Tea from this harvest is said to bring you a fortuitous life. Meanwhile the first picking of the season is called hatsutsumi. Early picking of younger leaves generates a tea with an extra delicate and sweeter flavor profile with an aroma full of early summer. The younger leaves were then deep steamed to make a fukamushicha. Grown by 4th, 5th, and 6th generation tea farmers in the famous Sayama region of Saitama Prefecture.
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Harvest: Early May (88th day from the start of spring on the lunar calendar)
- Region: Sayama, Saitama Prefecture
- Steaming: Fukamushi (Deep-steamed)
- Number of Cups in 100g: 30 cups (10 uses / 3 steepings / 1 cup per steeping. Varies with your steeping recipe.)
- Tea Farm: Yokota Tea Garden
- Location: 12-5 Sawa, Sayama, Saitama 350-1303 JAPAN
Consider also cold steeping or ice steeping (see Steeping Techniques).
- 1st steeping: Tea: 5 grams or 1 teaspoon. Time: 30-60 seconds. Water: 70˚C/158˚F, 240 ml.
- 2nd steeping: Tea: same. Time: 20 seconds. Water: 80˚C/176˚F, 240 ml (about 1 cup).
- 3rd steeping: Increase time to 30-60 seconds or to desired strength.
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