Appearance: dark (almost forest) green broken leaves with some golden yellow pieces. I really like the color of a shincha – it just seems like green tea is supposed to be this green. Liquor: mossy green. The liquor is more green than a lot of Japanese greens – hooray for the freshness (April 2012 harvest). Like most sencha there is some sedimentation, so a good strainer is recommended. Smell: very vegetal, with creamy high notes. Having lived in Japan, the smell of sencha is powerfully nostalgic. Taste: again, very vegetal, like spinach almost, but it’s sweet, creamy, and has nice nutty (chestnut) undertones. The aftertaste is grassy but only mildly astringent. I like the grassiness of a Japanese green, and this is a great example. Overall I’m really happy I was in Japantown recently to see this one. 9/10.
Maeda-End 2012 New Crop Shin-Cha Gold
Previously called Shin-cha Select Gold, our Hachijyuuhachiya tea is harvested the day after the 88th night of sprouting. 8 is a lucky number in Asian cultures; two 8’s are even better! We extra-steam our shin-cha so that you can enjoy this deep green brew.