From 4th generation tea farm, Tomizawa Tea Garden, 2017 Shincha! The new leaves of 2017's first flush was harvested in early May from the family's Yabukita cultivar tea fields and blended into a luxuriously delicious tea.
As a steamed tamaryokucha (or guricha), the leaves are not rolled into straight needles as you would see with sencha, but rather left slightly curled by skipping the last rolling step.
This Shincha package is available in May and June, and once stock runs out will not be available again until the following year.
Use hotter temperature & longer steeping time for a more astringent tea, use cold water or ice steeping for a very sweet tea.
Name: Shincha Blue Label
Japanese name: 新茶ブルーラベル
Ingredients: Green tea
Harvest: Early May
Steaming: Slightly longer than regular steaming but retains shape well, so not quite fukamushi (deep steamed)
Region: Mashiki, Kumamoto
The Tomizawa Tea Garden has over 85 years of tea farming history in Kumamoto Prefecture, and have received many famous tea awards in Japan. The family grows tea with a lot of sunlight and Kumamoto’s natural ground water famous for its clean and beautiful taste.
In April 2016, Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture affected by the Kumamoto Earthquakes with main shock at magnitude 7.0. The earthquakes have resulted in 48 deaths, 3000 injuries, and nearly 200,000 people evacuated to shelters in the aftermath.
Tomizawa Tea garden also had been affected by this earthquake losing their tea shop. However, they now are trying to recover their tea business and will harvest the 2016 spring shincha.