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Tanegashima Shoju (micro batch, limited) - Single Cultivar Sencha - Iba Takahiro Tea Garden

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Tanegashima Shoju (micro batch, limited) - Single Cultivar Sencha - Iba Takahiro Tea Garden - [2024] 10g / 0.35 oz / Harvested 2024 March 18 is currently unavailable and will ship as soon as it is back in stock. Repacking smaller sizes / ordering new stock generally takes 1-2 weeks.

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One of the first (if not THE first) harvest of the season!

Shoju is a rare cultivar grown by Tanegashima Island tea farmer Iba Takahiro, shaded for about 10 days, and harvested in the third week of March making it one of the earliest teas harvested in Japan. As such, Iba-san is interviewed by TV crews every year!

We have a few units of 2023 harvest left for you to compare!

2024’s harvest was the second earliest in history on March 18 (2010 was the earliest at March 16). Iba-san says he determines the harvest by determine the start of shading after the second leaf bud appears, and decided to harvest around the 4th leaf bud appearance then harvesting a bud and 3-4 young, tender leaves. He pays careful attention to the leaf growth at this time of the year to determine the perfect timing.

Total crop yield this year was only 25kg, and already sold out at the farm, so our stock is limited to what we have!

Product Info 

  • Ingredients: Green tea 
  • Cultivar: Shoju 松寿
  • Harvest: Mid to Late March
  • Shading: Approximately 10 days 
  • Region: Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima 
  • Steaming: Regular 

About Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture  

Tanegashima Island is a small Japanese island located in the southwestern region of the country, known for its rich history and natural beauty. The island is renowned for being the site of Japan's first contact with firearms and Western culture, as well as being a launch site for rockets and space exploration. With its stunning beaches, lush forests, and diverse wildlife, Tanegashima Island has become a popular destination for tourists seeking a unique and unforgettable experience in Japan.

Because if it’s southern latitude, tea fields on the island are some of the earliest to be harvested in Japan, with the first harvest occurring at the end of March.

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Iba Takahiro Tea Garden

Tanegashima Shoju (micro batch, limited) - Single Cultivar Sencha - Iba Takahiro Tea Garden

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One of the first (if not THE first) harvest of the season!

Shoju is a rare cultivar grown by Tanegashima Island tea farmer Iba Takahiro, shaded for about 10 days, and harvested in the third week of March making it one of the earliest teas harvested in Japan. As such, Iba-san is interviewed by TV crews every year!

We have a few units of 2023 harvest left for you to compare!

2024’s harvest was the second earliest in history on March 18 (2010 was the earliest at March 16). Iba-san says he determines the harvest by determine the start of shading after the second leaf bud appears, and decided to harvest around the 4th leaf bud appearance then harvesting a bud and 3-4 young, tender leaves. He pays careful attention to the leaf growth at this time of the year to determine the perfect timing.

Total crop yield this year was only 25kg, and already sold out at the farm, so our stock is limited to what we have!

Product Info 

About Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture  

Tanegashima Island is a small Japanese island located in the southwestern region of the country, known for its rich history and natural beauty. The island is renowned for being the site of Japan's first contact with firearms and Western culture, as well as being a launch site for rockets and space exploration. With its stunning beaches, lush forests, and diverse wildlife, Tanegashima Island has become a popular destination for tourists seeking a unique and unforgettable experience in Japan.

Because if it’s southern latitude, tea fields on the island are some of the earliest to be harvested in Japan, with the first harvest occurring at the end of March.

Size

  • [2024] 10g / 0.35 oz / Harvested 2024 March 18
  • [2024] 50g / 1.76 oz / Harvested 2024 March 18
  • [2023 - 20% OFF last few units] 80g / 2.8 oz / Harvested 2023 March 20
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