Marushige Shimizu Tea Farm: うぶごえ新茶 Ubugoe - Premium New Field Sencha, Saeakari (Limited edition)

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Net weight: 20g / 0.7 oz / April 26, 2020
JPY ¥500

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Grown and processed by the Shimizu family of Suizawa, Mie Prefecture, this limited edition regular steamed sencha was crafted with tea leaves from a new tea field. That is, generally 4-5 years old, a new born in the 30-50 year life of a Japanese tea field! The Shimizu family therefore calls this product Ubugoe 産声, meaning “the cry of a newborn”. This year's Ubugoe tea field is cultivar Saeakari. 

A note about the saeakari cultivar:  A descendent of the Saemidori cultivar and a cultivar called Z1, this cultivar was registered rather more recently in 2011. Saeakari means "radiant/clear brightness" in Japanese and is known to produce a vibrant, bright green color. It can be characterised with its chestnut aroma and high umami/sweetness and faires well as a gyokuro or kabusecha.



Tasting notes

Strong notes of grassiness, astringency, and hints of melon that balance the grassiness with sweetness. 

Product Info

  • Cultivar: Saeakari
  • Cultivation & Processing Notes
    • Steaming: Regular Steaming
  • Harvest: Late April
  • Region: Suizawa Village, Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture


Steeping Notes

  • 1st Steeping: Tea: 4 grams. Time: 1 minute. Water: 70˚C/176˚F, 200 ml.
  • 2nd steeping: Tea: same. Time: 10-20 seconds. Water: 90˚C/194˚F, 200 ml.
  • 3rd steeping: Increase time to 30-45 seconds or to desired strength.

**Consider also cold steeping or ice steeping (see Steeping Techniques).

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