The tea leaves for this sencha were picked in the famous village of Hoshino in Yame. Hoshino means “star field”. A suitable name for the stars can be seen particularly well in this remote mountain valley. Sencha from mountain valleys like Yame are a rarity because, due to the lower temperatures, the harvest begins about a month later than in lower and flatter cultivation areas. The lower temperatures lead to more intense and complex aromas.
Zairai tea plants were used for this tea. Zairai is not a cultivar but a tea bush which was grown from seeds. That is why Zairai tea bushes differ extremely from region to region. Mostly, Zairai tea bushes are related to the local cultivars, but depending on the weather, even wild genes can find their way into the tea garden. This Zairai Sencha has a very balanced and sweet aroma.
Harvest time: May 2022
Aroma: Balanced and sweet aroma
Terroir: Hoshino, Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Preparation: In this blog post you will find a description of how to brew Japanese green tea in an optimal way.
Tip: Take more tea leaves and do so Infuse briefly and several times. First infusion max. 60s and every further 30s because the leaves are already soaked. A Kyusu teapot is best suited.
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