Honyama Koushun Sencha

Honyama Koushun Sencha

Regular price $18.00
  • 50 grams
  • Single Origin | Single Cultivar
  • Ships from the United States
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way

A light and airy sencha with Koushun’s signature aroma of wildflowers and a lasting sweet finish. Even more so than most senchas, this tea is very responsive to changes in brewing temperature, with shorter, brews bringing out more aroma and structure, and longer, cooler brews accentuating its sweetness.

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: Koushun

Region: Honyama, Shizuoka

Producer: Moriuchi Chanoen

Harvested: May 6, 2023

Elevation: 150m

Picking: Handheld Machine

Brewing Instructions

Tea/Water Ratio

2g per 50ml of water
(.07oz per 1.7oz)

Water Temperature

75º C (167ºF)

Brewing Time

60 seconds

Meet the Producer

Moriuchi Chanoen (森内茶農園)

Cultivar: Koushun

Derived from a 1970 cross between Kurasawa and Kanayamidori, Koushun has grown popular among drinkers of single cultivar teas since its registration in 2000.

It is famous for its unique and powerful floral aroma which is remarkably strong and distinct from that of Yabukita. This aroma makes it ideal not only for light-steamed sencha, but also for production as oxidised teas, such as oolongs and black teas.

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