Thes du Japon: Sencha from Kawane, Inaguchi cultivar

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In Kawane, the Tsuchiya family, renowned producers, make fine mountain senchas at around 600 metres (2000 feet) in altitude. However, the planting for this Inaguchi sencha is a little lower, at 250-300 metres (800-1000 feet) in altitude. Grown from a Yabukita seed, Inaguchi is a cultivar that was developed by the eponymous Mr. Inaguchi and was registered in 1988. Today, it is an extremely rare cultivar. Yet, it is a generous, aromatic variety that adapts well to a range of different infusion methods.

Thés du Japon's Tasting Notes

When it is infused, this sencha first provides a tea that is light yet deep, with a touch of umami and a very slightly astringent texture. In short, the whole is well balanced. The general impression is green and a little vegetal.

The aromas are creamy, floral and lightly ashy. There is a mixture of vegetal and sweetness that is entirely original and unique. The following infusions are even more aromatic, and even when hot water is used, the astringency does not increase.

The aftertaste, which grows more powerful over time, is sweet and intense, especially after the third infusion. This superb Inaguchi cultivar sencha from Kawane is delicate and robust at the same time, balanced and rich in refreshing, mouth-watering aromas.

  • Tea amount: 4 grams
  • Time: 60 seconds
  • Water amount: 70 ml
  • Water Temperature: 80C/176F degrees

More Product Info

  • Ingredients: Green Tea
  • Net weight: 50 grams / 1.76 oz
  • Type of tea: Futsumushi sencha
  • Cultivar: Inaguchi
  • Harvest: May 5, 2018
  • Region: Kawane-honcho municipality, Haibara District, Shizuoka Prefecture

About Thés du Japon

“Thés du Japon” is a tea shop in Yanaka, Tokyo, operated by Florent Weugue, the first French Japanese Tea Instructor (Nihon-cha Instructor). He received his diploma in 2009, and is a well-known figure in the Japanese tea world. His knowledge of Japanese teas is unparalleled even in Japan, and we are proud to carry a few of the teas he carefully curates each year.

Visiting Tokyo? Stop by the Thés du Japon shop (Google Map)!


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