Well, I’ve been lucky enough to live, work, and train at Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America where this tea is exclusively delivered. This Sencha is much more robust than regular Sencha and you notice it immediately; it has a much stronger flavour of hay and maintains a coating texture throughout. It’s not overwhelming, however, and I prefer this Sencha to any other so far. Drink it while it’s hot; the warmth of the water really complements the strength of this tea. Cool or tepid water detracts from the above-said strong points
Many teas in Japan are harvested by machines. This one is hand sheared with farmers taking several centimeters of the stem below the two or three leafs picked. Next the stem is cut from the leaves and each is processed alone. Once both are fully crafted the stem is added back to the finished leaves. The combination of leaf and stem gives us additional flavor, sweetness and perhaps even greater benefit to our bodies. Enjoyed by those new to green tea as well as “seasoned” drinkers. Compare with our Uji Organic for a warmer more woodsy flavor.
Note: This tea is also specially shipped to Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America in Granite Falls, WA.