This sencha was made from a Taiwanese cultivar called Chin Hsin Da Pa which is famously used to make Bai Hao Oolong. Brought to Shizuoka, it yields an extremely unique sencha that is soft, creamy and smooth.
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.
Meet the Producer
Moriuchi Chanoen (森内茶農園)
Cultivar: Chin Hsin Da Pa