Organic Hoshino Sencha
This organic sencha green tea comes from a grower whose tea garden is located in the famous Hoshino tea region of Yame which is in Fukuoka Prefecture on Kyushu Island. His small-scale tea garden is located in the mountainous area of Hoshino village in a secluded spot surrounded by a natural environment and beautiful tall and well-cared for forests. At the tea garden the grower uses the Yabukita cultivor which is considered the dawn of modern day cultivors and the most widely used in Japan.
The special point about this sencha’s cultivation is that just prior to harvesting the grower directly covers the tea bushes for about 7 days with black netting which blocks around 50% of sunlight. This coverage is similar to kabusecha, only shorter. The coverage does two things, it causes the leaf pigment to become greener, and increases the amino acid and chlorophyll content in the new growth. The purpose behind this is to give the resulting tea a greener infusion color and a sweeter deeper taste.
As for processing, this sencha is medium steamed and maintains excellent leaf quality. The special note about the processing of this organic sencha is that the hiire stage (the final drying) is conduct by the “Jikabi Hiire” method which means that the leaves are dried by the use of an open flame as opposed to the infrared or microwave drying that is often used today. The Jikabi Hiire method is difficult to perfect and requires skill. Some traditionalist swear by it, and say that it produces the most natural sweet-smelling aroma.
This sencha is the type of organic green tea you can drink everyday. You can enjoy it’s fragrance, liquor color, leaf quality, taste, and never become tired of it. It has many flavor nuances including sweet, savory, oceanic and a lovely refreshing aftertaste. It’s also really well-produced and excellent value, so we are sure that most everyday sencha drinkers will love it!