2021 SHINCHA | Oishi's Saemidori
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 young pine needles and steamed kailan; intense umami reminiscent of shade grown tea.
Micro Region: Minami Kyushu, Kagoshima, Japan.
Cultivar: saemidori (さえみどり) is a popular cultivar in Southern Kyushu, where it thrives in warmer climate. It was created by crossing Asatsuyu (which has very desirable flavour but low yields) with Yabukita cultivars; it was only registered in 1990. Saemidori and is used mostly for sencha; however, it can also produce very attractive gyokuro and matcha.
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.
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