Organic Saemidori Shincha 2013

The last couple of days have been pretty cold in Japan, so really hoping it passes by with no problems to the rest of this year’s first harvest. It’s been so cold here in Boso today that the winter jackets have been out. Not exactly the optimum weather to be enjoying shincha, but is it really possible to resist freshly harvested organic saemidori shincha even on a cold spring day? Don’t think so…

Today, just used a simple set-up to brew it for the first time. A pitcher, a Happa Banko Yaki Houhin Teapot which has a nice quick pour and pretty fine mesh filter that works well for deep steamed sencha. In addition to that, decided to use a Hana No Mai Arita Yaki Teacup which is blue-green porcelain which showcases the green liquor color of deep steamed sencha very nicely. Totally recommend one of those!

Dry leaf has a very potent aroma in the nose. Lovely! The leaves are deep green and pretty much all broken down into smaller particles which is of course the result of deeper steaming. The smaller particles are actually the buds which are too delicate to withstand the processing. The leftover intact needles are not rolled leaves as they might appear to be.

Dry leaves In the Banko Houhin

Dry leaves In the Banko Houhin

First infusion, and as you can see the blue-green porcelain works it’s magic to produce a lovely looking green liquor color. Not only that, it’s also way too delicious. Sweet, smooth, succulent, and full of fresh spring flavor and lifted aromas. It’s Saemidori from Makurazaki without a doubt!

Saemidori liquor in the pitcher

Saemidori liquor in the pitcher

First Infusion of Saemidori

First Infusion of Saemidori

Second infusion, it’s so green. The taste of this second infusion was so sweet that is took one by surprise…

Second Infusion of Saemidori

Second Infusion of Saemidori

Infused leaves of Saemidori

Infused leaves of Saemidori

The grower has certainly worked wonders with this shincha again this year. It’s a pleasure for us to purvey it for him. Available over at our online store for a limit time only: 2013 Organic Kagoshima Shincha Saemidori

Those that pre-ordered it without any other non-released shincha, it’s already shipped today. Enjoy!

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