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Sencha from Sayama, Sayama-midori cultivar

Type of tea : Fukamushi sencha
Origin : Nakagami, Iruma City, Saitama Prefecture
Cultivar : Sayama-midori
Harvest : May 14, 2018
Sencha from Sayama, Sayama-midori cultivar

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“Tea from Sayama” refers to teas from Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, with production centering around the cities of Iruma, Tokorozawa and Sayama. Although texts dating back to the Middle Ages show that teas (then known as Musashino and Kawagoe teas) were already being grown in the region, it was when the export market expanded during the Meiji period that Sayama’s tea industry underwent major growth. Today, the prefecture is dominated by fukamushi sencha, and there is a very active cultivar development sector as well as many young producers.

Sayama-midori is an old cultivar, Saitama’s first, and one of the first 15 cultivars to be recorded when the tea registry began in 1953. It comes from a seed from Uji. Although it was fairly successful during its time, it was soon forgotten in favour of Yabukita, and today it is very hard to find.
The leaves of this cultivar cannot be rolled, so we should not judge it in that respect. It is, in fact, a full-bodied sencha, that is characterized first and foremost by its deep sweet scents, giving a general impression of an old-fashioned yet refreshing tea. It also gives the feeling that it is still close to a zairai.
There is no astringency, but a bouquet of dry grasses and very sweet spices, with light notes of dry wood.
A second, hotter, infusion produces aromas that are greener and fresher, but still very warm, rustic and mouth-watering.
The aftertaste is especially long and intense.
In addition to its historical interest, this Sayama-midori recalls tastes that were probably popular in yesteryear, with strong sweetness, but no special umami.

Brewing suggestion
  • Quantity of leaves: 4g/1.3 tsp
  • Quantity of water : 70ml / 1/4 cup
  • Water temperature : 80°C / 176°F
  • Brewing time : 45s

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Sencha from Sayama, Sayama-midori cultivar

USD $16.67  / 100g

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