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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!

Kyoto Oishita Chaen 2013

A pleasure to present some spring 2013 pictures taken at the organic Oishita Chaen plantations in Kyoto where our most prized organic tencha is produced. All very highly graded tencha which we feel very honored to be able to offer to our customers directly from the grower himself.

The images below were taken around the beginning of April at three of the grower’s small Oishita Chaen plantations containing a different cultivar in each. Notably, Saemidori, Sakimdori, and Yamanoibuki. The grower has a number of small plantations and grows a number of cultivars, but these ones are the first to bud.

Btw, we hope to include all of these cultivars in our shincha matcha pre-order offering that we will hopefully start on the 1st of May.

First Saemidori Oishita-Chaen…

Saemidori is one of the early budding cultivars, so you can see the buds and new leaves are already progressing nicely. The leaves that are hand picked from here are made into what is currently the grower’s highest grade organic tencha.

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Next, Sakimidori Oishita-Chaen…

The grower tells us this is perhaps the greenest of all the cultivars that he currently cares for and has a specific fragrance which is unique to the cultivar. In the first image you can just see the Tana coverage which appears to be in the first stage of shading…

Sakimidori Cultivar

Sakimidori Cultivar

Sakimidori Cultivar

Sakimidori Cultivar

Last, Yamanoibuki Oishita-Chaen…

This cultivar is very rare for tencha production in Kyoto at present. It’s a breed that was originally released in Shizuoka. However, the grower adopted it in Kyoto and is now making very good quality organic tencha from this breed.

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Other cultivars we hope to have available in our pre-order shincha matcha offering are Asahi, Goko (sometimes spelled Gokoh or Gokou), and Samidori (not to be confused with Saemidori) which are the more traditional breeds used in tencha production in Kyoto. They are all from the grower’s true Oishita-Chaen plantations where all tea leaves are hand picked from tea bushes kept in the traditional Shizen Shitate style. All organic of course!

Here’s hoping for a successful harvest in Kyoto at our grower’s plantations, and we hope that our customers will continue to support these authentically produced organic matcha!

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!