Shincha Yakushima 2022, 50g box
Only the fresh spring’s youngest buds and leaves are picked for the medium steamed, single-variety (Jabukita) Shincha Yakushima from the eponymous small island on the most southern tip of Japan. The moderately steamed Shincha tea has a soft green, slightly translucent cup color and is characterized by a taste of highly present but nevertheless mild elegance. Let this tea pamper you with the fresh, light nuances of taste rippling along with a warm breeze of fine toasty aromas and the scent of delicate flowers on the spring-like mountain meadow.
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Keiko Shincha 2022 – Spring Feelings in your Tea Cup
Shincha – the “new tea” – heralds the beginning of the tea year every spring. The first tea made from the fine, particularly aromatic leaf tips, picked in the subtropical climate of Kagoshima in mid-April after 7-10 days of shading. In order to capture the fresh aroma in the best possible way, Shincha is dried a little more lightly than is usually the case with Sencha. Even two Shinchas from the same garden can turn out to be completely different. Because depending on cultivar, weather conditions, harvest time and processing, it will always produce new exciting tea experiences.
The 3 KEIKO Shinchas provide a good impression of this range of flavors. With their scent and taste, they take us into very different scenarios. However, what they have in common is the fresh spring feeling that they bring into your tea bowl.
Shincha Yakushima – a light steamed Kabusecha Shincha
Shincha Yakushima is the fresh Shincha tea from the first spring harvest on the small island of Yakushima. The same locates offshore the larger island of Kyushu, on the most southern tip of Japan. For best quality of this tea, only the new spring’s youngest buds and leaves qualify for picking. Moreover, Shincha Yakushima is a single-variety tea, based exclusively on tea plants of the Jabukita cultivar. It’s originator is the Fujiwara family, the first to cultivate tea amidst Yakushima’s natural abundance of cedar forests. And the first to adopt the principles of the EU health and environment-friendly standard requirements.
Fujiwara tea garden, Yakushima
What the producer says…
The variety: Yabukita from the island of Yakushima, farm of Fujiwara, organic tea growing pioneer in Yakushima.
Shincha Yakushima is moderately steamed (chūmushi), giving it a soft green, slightly translucent color in the cup. In terms of taste, it is characterized by a highly present but nevertheless mild elegance… Let this tea pamper you with the fresh, light nuances of taste rippling along with a warm breeze of fine toasty aromas and the scent of delicate flowers on the spring-like mountain meadow. The tea unfolds its full flavor spectrum across several infusions. At this, nutty almond notes combine with light herbal notes, which elegantly blend together. This is how Shincha Yakushima becomes the princess among KEIKO Shinchas, captivating with a young, fine elegance, arousing the joy of life and making it enjoyable with all your senses!
Shincha Yakushima comes in a decorative 50g box, which also qualifies this tea as a very valuable gift idea. But beware! Due to the limited availability of nature, we can only offer this tea once a year. And only for a short time … So get your package now!
What is Shincha?
In Japan, the term Shincha refers to the fresh teas from the first days of the spring harvest. However, in order to qualify as Shincha in the narrower sense, green tea needs to meet even more conditions. So, processing and airtight sealing needs to take place immediately upon picking. Plus, shipping to the end consumer needs to take place on the quickest possible way. Due to their exceptionally fresh and exhilarate taste and fragrance, the new spring season’s fresh teas enjoy highest popularity both in Japan and among green tea lovers worldwide.
For how long a Shincha might be referred to as such depends solely on its freshness. This is why the producer of our Shincha Yakushima processes and vacuum-packages the freshly harvested tea leaves on site immediately upon picking. Then, they instantaneously ship it to the distributor in Germany, who in turn forwards our “contingent” to us without any delay. Due to the extremely limited yield of this picking and the high freshness requirement, this tea is only available for a very short time.
What is “Kabusecha” / “Kabuse Cha” ?
Shincha Yakushima is a Kabusecha tea. Kabusecha tea (also: “Kabuse Sencha”) is a typical Japanese (half-shaded) green tea. In particular, it defines through the half-shading of the tea gardens with “Kabuse” nets during the days/weeks before picking. Also, the shading period causes a time delay in the tea’s way to market. That is, compared to unshaded Shincha (“Shincha Sencha”), going to market several weeks earlier. In favor of a higher quality of the tea, the tea bushes thrive under Kabuse nets (jap: net = kabuse) during the last (up to 3) weeks before the harvest.
The “Kabuse Cha” Method
Unlike Gyokuro Tea, for which shading is done for several weeks before the harvest, the Kabusecha shading method comprises a “half-shading”. For example, shading takes place for up to 3 weeks before picking for our Kabusecha Tenko). At this, the Kabuse nets filter out ca. 50% of the sunlight (compared to ca. 90% for Gyokuro). Therefore, Kabusecha tea is also commonly referred to as half-shaded tea.
The idea behind the Kabusecha method is that of the recreation of natural conditions. This means a part-shading of the tea bushes as would take place through trees and larger bushes in natural environments. The ca. 50% withdrawal of light during this period triggers activities in the tea plant. These again lead to an altered composition of the ingredients. As result, the tea shows higher amounts of amino acids (e.g. Theanine) and alkaloids (e.g. Caffeine, Theophyllin). Also, a reduction of bitterns (e.g. Catechine) is notable, among others resulting in a higher sweetness of the tea. Another effect of the shading is the enhancement of the aromatic fragrance and deep green color of the tea.
In order to achieve optimal exploitation of the active ingredients and to prevent oxidation processes, the freshly picked deep green tea leaves undergo steaming, cooling, rolling and drying according to the standard procedure of Japanese green tea processing. The producer of this Shincha tea is health and environment-friendly-certified to both Japanese and EU standards. They vacuum the tea immediately upon completion of the processing cycle. This way, the active substances, aromatic fragrance and intensive taste remain preserved throughout the tea’s streamlined way to distant shores. And right up to your tea cup!
Our preparation recommendation:
Pour 200ml water (as soft as possible) of a temperature of ca. 70°C over 5g Shincha Yakushima (Kabusecha) tea leaves in a suitable vessel (clay, glass or porcelain are best). For a first infusion, leave for 1-2 minutes, according to personal taste. Then, a second infusion needs only 10-20 seconds for best taste. After that, there is sufficient potential for a third infusion with a steeping period of 2 minutes.
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