Organic Kagoshima Shincha Magokoro 2013

It’s been a great start to our 2013 shincha season! The first three shincha that we have already released and were harvested prior to the recent cold snap are really excellent shincha that we are very happy with. How the recent cold snap has changed things since, only time will tell.

The third shincha to arrive this year is the lovely Magokoro Shincha. This year, it’s the earlier of the two yutakamidori culitvar to arrive, the other being Shimofuri. Magokoro has come in a bit earlier this year because the Shibushi Bay area where the Magokoro plantation is roughly located had a very warm early spring. The good weather certainly resulted in an excellent harvest.

Anyway, here are some images of Magokoro Shincha which we have been enjoying the last few days.

Here are the dry leaves which have been deep steamed, yet are very well presented, super silky to touch, and are a kind of shiny blue-green leaf color. Very nice quality this year…

Dry Leaf

Dry Leaf

Dry Leaf Warming In The Houhin

Dry Leaf Warming In The Houhin

Here are the leaves brewing up in a favorite little Tokoname houhin with an impressive spout design that pours out great. The lovely green color of fresh spring green tea makes one feel happy the first flush has come around again…

Steeping Leaf

Steeping Leaf

The first steep which is full to the brim with tastiness. Sometimes yutakamidori comes across a little like citrus, muscat, of even a little herbaceous. This year, we’re tasting muscat…

Magokoro First Infusion

Magokoro First Infusion

No holding back on the second steep here! Full to the rim with some fine quality spring water (no soap included)…

Houhin Full To The Rim

Houhin Full To The Rim

Pouring the second steep into the pitcher down to the very last drop. Not the deep green of saemidori, rather a very pretty lime green liquor that is a pleasure to view…

Pouring out the very last drops!

Pouring out the very last drops!

The second steep resembles the first in taste, but has a bit more pungency…

Magokoro Second Infusion

Magokoro Second Infusion

More shincha on its way soon for sure!

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