Our first micro-lots of 2021 shincha are in! Grown in the warmer, volcanic soils of Kagoshima, these leaves are among the first that we've loved this year from Japan.
Experience: notes of cedar leaves, umami, and a lingering green grape mouthfeel.
Micro Region: Minami Kyushu, Kagoshima, Japan.
Cultivar: Sae Akari (さえあかり) is one of the youngest cultivars; it is the result of crossing Z1 with Saemidori. We've only encountered Sae Akari a couple of years ago, tasting some interesting samples from Gifu that offered intense sweetness (apple notes) and minimum astringency, at the expense of umami.
In this case, Kagoshima soil worked differently, as umami is definitely a feature of this tea.
We recommend steeping this tea with water at 65 Celsius; ice brew (mizudashi) also yields stunning results.
ABOUT THE TEA ARTISAN
Oishi San's tea factory was established in 1940, a very turbulent period in Japan's history. The company has flourished; Oishi San owns tea fields in the region, but also sources leaves from a wide diversity of micro-farmers, finishing the tea at his facility in Yame.