Young 2019 tea leaves from Shizuoka, carefully selected by Tokyo-based veteran tea merchant Nakamura-san.
As expected of Nakamura-san, this shincha is a delicious balance of umami and grassiness. The first thing you notice is the rich umami aroma when you open the bag. On steeping, you find an opaque, green-yellow liquor with strong umami flavor for a sencha, and toasty after notes due to the green roasting conducted in refinement.
Flavor: Strong umami with hints of toastiness, low astringency, low bitterness
Leaf color: deep green
Leaf shape: Small leaf bits with some long needles, good shine on leaves indicating
Liquor: greenish-yellow, slightly opaque
Tea: 5 garms. Time: 30 seconds. Water: 70C/160F, 200 ml. Resteep 2-3 times using hotter water (80-90C/175-195F). (The second steep can be immediate, no need to wait since the leaves are primed. The third steep might require 30-45 seconds depending on how strong you like your tea.)
For a stronger flavor, use more tea, longer time or less water; for more astringency, use hotter water.
Ingredients: Green tea
Steaming: regular steaming
The story of discovery
We actually went out of our way to find this tea after Sencha Tea Ceremony master Yukiko Hasue introduced us to this tea. Finding the 97-year old Nakamura-en Tea Shop on the eastern side of Tokyo near the Sumo Wrestling Arena (Ryogoku station), we convinced Nakamura-san to let us carry this tea and share it with the world.
Nakamura-san does speak a bit of conversational English, so if you are ever in Tokyo do visit his shop!! He has no website though, so simply follow this simple map (GOOGLE MAP).