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Sencha from Nearai, Shizu-7132 cultivar

Type of tea : fukamushi sencha
Origin : Nearai, Kita Borough, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Cultivar : Shizu-7132
Harvest : May 5th 2017
Sencha from Nearai, Shizu-7132 cultivar

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The senchas that Mr. Tarui grows in Nearai, a plain to the north of Hamamatsu, are truly special because they are processed on a unique line that incorporates the concepts of the famous Professor Arima. The steaming is fukamushi, that is, long, but the leaves are then subject to a hot air system before being rolled in a continuous manner on an Akitsu-type line, which is also very rare. The result is a fragrant tea that can be infused many times, which is something that is often too rare with usual fukamushi teas.
Shizu-7132 is a variety known for its fragrance, which evokes the Japanese sweet known as “sakura-mochi”, a rice-and-bean treat that is wrapped in a brined cherry tree leaf. The dry leaves of this fukamushi do indeed have a perfectly captivating, mouth-watering sweet scent.
Infusion brings out the unique, sweet, velvety fragrance, with just a tiny hint of acidity. In the mouth, the first infusion is restrained and light, without the heavy, thick character of too many fukamushi chas. There is no astringency, but very light umami and above all the confectionary and floral aromas, which dominate in retro-olfaction.
The following infusions have much more oomph, a slightly tannin texture and aromas of leather that combine with the sakura-mochi fragrance. At this point, this tea truly feels like a fukamushi, but it is still fluid and not heavy, despite a certain density.
This fukamushi sencha is very original and unique, aromatic and powerful. We recommend that those who enjoy very special teas try tasting it in parallel with the Inzatsu 131 from Nearai by the same producer.

Brewing suggestion
  • Quantity of leaves: 4g / 1.3 tsp
  • Quantity of water : 70ml / 1/3 cup
  • Water temperature : 80°C / 176°F
  • Brewing time : 50s

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Sencha from Nearai, Shizu-7132 cultivar

USD $20.00  / 50g

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