Handpicked Honyama Yabukita Sencha

Handpicked Honyama Yabukita Sencha
Handpicked Honyama Yabukita Sencha
Handpicked Honyama Yabukita Sencha

Handpicked Honyama Yabukita Sencha

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  • 50 grams
  • Single Origin | Single Cultivar
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Grown as unpruned shizen-shitate bushes and carefully hand-picked, this sencha captures the elegance of the Honyama style with its fresh, light, and airy taste. The dedication of the hand-picking (手摘み - tezumi) and the delicacy of the light asamushi steaming can be seen in the incredibly whole and intact needles.

Don't be mislead by its light liquor colour; this tea is powerful, with a complex, structured, and elegant taste and finish.

 

Of Shizuoka's many tea-growing regions, tea from Honyama is praised for its transparent and elegant taste, deriving from the mineral rich soil and the subtle, natural shade of fog and mountains. Tea grown on the slopes that border the Abe and Warashina Rivers, which flow through Shizuoka, is said to be Honyama tea. Along with the neighbouring region of Kawane, Honyama tea is often grown at a higher elevation than most other Japanese teas. Tea from this region has been grown and revered for centuries, and has even been presented as tribute to the Emperor by order of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the Edo period. Typically unshaded and lightly-steamed, honyamacha is known for its clear, crisp taste, and distinctive aroma, known as yama no kaori (山の香) or mountain aroma.


Cultivar: Yabukita

Region: Honyama, Shizuoka

Producer: Moriuchi Chanoen

Harvested: April 29, 2021

Elevation: 150m

Shading: 10 Days; Kanreisha

Picking: Hand-picked

Brewing Instructions

Tea/Water Ratio

3g per 50ml of water
(.11oz per 1.7oz)

Water Temperature

60º C (140ºF)

Brewing Time

90 seconds

Meet the Producer

Moriuchi Chanoen (森内茶農園)

Cultivar: Yabukita

Yabukita is the de facto standard tea cultivar across Japan against which all others are compared, and accounts for 75% of tea fields by area. Its name means ‘north of the bamboo grove’ alluding to its selection in 1908 from a sample of Shizuoka Zairai from the north side of a bamboo grove.

Since its official registration in 1953, it has become incredibly popular due to its frost-resistance, yield, strong aroma, and balanced taste. Its flavour has since become practically synonymous with Japanese tea.

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