Handpicked Honyama Sencha
Honyama (also known as Tamakawa) is considered by connoisseurs of Japanese Sencha teas as one of the top growing areas. In Honyama, where the Abe River springs, are ideal conditions for top quality tea. The nights are clear and cool and the morning misty. The narrow valleys also ensure natural shading of the tea fields. So it is not surprising that the tea leaves in this area are about one month later ready for harvest compared to tea from the low-lying areas near Shizuoka city.
The tea leaves for this handpicked Honyama Sencha where manually harvested by Mr. Shoten’s family. Therefore, the leaves are longer and more intact compared to does harvest by machines. Also, the stems get less damaged as they are picked at the plant’s natural breaking point. Thus, the tea leaves get less oxidized and taste even more refreshing.
It’s said that tea from Honyama was Shogun Tokugawa’s favorite tea. After tasting this tea we strongly belive this lore.
Harvest season: Spring
Aroma: Sweet and refreshing
Terroir: Honyama, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
Preparation: In this blog post you will find a description of how to brew the handpicked Honyama Sencha in an optimal way.
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