This classic Japanese green tea is grown on a high elevation farm in Shizuoka Prefecture. The leaves — entirely from the okuyutaka cultivar — are both kabuse (covered before harvest) and tezumi (hand picked); note their elegant needle shape. Once infused, the tea releases aromas of grass and peppercorns. The flavor is both salty and slightly sweet, with a velvety texture and soft, dry finish. An exquisite example of sencha, this is a true treat for any Japanese tea lover.
Brew with a water temperature below boiling (160°–170°F) to maintain the bittersweet balance and beautiful light emerald-colored infusion.
Tasting Notes: brine, mineral, umami
Year of Production: Spring 2016