A shincha labeled "hashiri" is one that is harvested extra early when the leaves are still very young. This is an O-hashiri, the "O" written with the character for "large". The implication is an extra extra early harvest, for a very delicate, young leaf. Tasting notes: Light body but astringent.
Name: Shincha Chiran Yutaka Midori O-hashiri
Japanese name: 新茶、知覧のゆたかみどり大走り
Ingredients: Green tea
Net weight: 50 grams
Harvest: April 12−13, 2016
Region: Chiran, Kagoshima
Notes: Light-steamed, extra extra early limited harvest
Name: Cha no Ikedaya
Type: 4th generation tea shop
Location: 1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, JAPAN
Visiting Shinjuku, Tokyo? Visit the Ikeda family shop!
To find this hole-in-the-wall shop, exiting the central west ticket gates, head left to the Odakyu lines, it is on the way. Click on map to enlarge.