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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!

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!

First Shincha Of 2012 – Kagoshima Saemidori!

Kagoshima Saemidori 2012!

Kagoshima Saemidori 2012!

Our first shincha of the year has arrived and it’s so great to finally taste this years spring harvest! This year our Organic Kagoshima Shincha Saemidori is the first to arrive.

Today, with our order we received a hand written message from the grower. Here is a small part of it. If you can read Japanese then you will understand his sentiment:

Farmer's Message!

Farmer’s Message!

If not, then we can tell you that it basically reads, “This years Saemidori (referring to his Saemidori) is really delicious, so please savor it”. After tasting it today we can only agree!

For your information, this wonderful grower has been cultivating Japanese tea in Makurazaki since he was a young man, he is now past retirement age! He is therefore a very long established respected tea grower who you could say knows quite a bit about Kagoshima tea cultivation and processing!

For many years now he has been tending to Saemidori tea bushes, and has raised them organically from seedlings in the famous tea region of Makurazaki in Kagoshima. Incidentally, he tells us he farms his tea bushes organically because it’s his wish to provide his customers with the most authentic Kagoshima Saemidori taste, aroma, and liquor color out there! He knows through his many years of experience that it’s only organic cultivation which can ensure that level of authenticity.

For your pleasure, here are a few shots of this years Organic Kagoshima Shincha Saemidori:

The Leaf...

The Leaf…

The First Infusion...

The First Infusion…

The Authentic Green Second Infusion Color Of Deep Steamed Kagoshima Saemidori!

The Authentic Green Second Infusion Color Of Deep Steamed Kagoshima Saemidori!

If you are a regular customer of this tea, we are quite sure you’ll be happy with this years shincha offering, but as the grower wrote, please savor it! It will only be around for a short period of time this spring!