Shizuoka Shincha

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LIMITED EDITION ONCE A YEAR TEA. Shincha is a first crop, young bud sencha. This shincha is grown in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan’s premier tea growing region. Over half of the yearly production of Japanese tea comes from Shizuoka. The shincha leaves are hand picked and hand rolled into long and extremely fine needles. This tea has a soft taste like fresh spring green tea. The aroma is noticeably sweet and reminds one of wild orchid. Shincha’s key characteristic is its refreshing and invigorating scent of new leaves. Another feature of shincha is it’s less bitter/astringent taste. Shincha has a higher content of amino acids (L-Theanine) and vitamin C, giving it full-bodied flavor and sweetness. L-theanine is linked to increased alpha brain wave production and is considered a natural antidepressant and stress reliever. Japanese studies link consumption of L-theanine with strengthening the immune system. L-theanine is often added to energy drinks and is known to give a 6-hour sustainable energy boost.

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6768 tasting notes

While eating a late lunch – Tandoori Rice (Vegetarian, of course!) – I pulled this one out that LiberTeas sent me! Thanks girl!

Smells like gentle green veggies. The liquor is a bit murky green-yellow-grey.

It tastes a tad vegetal but also a little sweet and even the slightest-lemony underneath. The end of the sip on to the aftertaste is fairly floral. I like the way this flavor morphs!

Neat Green Tea!

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4843 tasting notes

This is a fantastic Shincha. Sweet and delicious. The aroma of the dry leaf is – surprisingly – not at all vegetative, but, instead, it is sweet and nutty, with hints of flower. The flavor is quite the same, with only hints of a vegetative flavor, while the sweet nutty flavor prevails. Really delicious.

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This is my third product hailing from Shizuoka Prefecture. Of the three, it’s probably the second best I’ve tried. First flush buds are steamed to create this lovely, sweet-smelling “behbeh” sencha. Brewing required a less-than-a-minute steep in typical green tea temp water. The result was a foggy, vibrant green liquor akin to a genmai matcha-iri…but without the “suck” factor. It was a very nutty brew, but sweetly so; and not very vegetal at all. A second infusion turned up a citrus note. All in all, a bronze-worthy sencha.

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