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For the regular selection, why is the new harvest of tea not available right after it is picked?

Written on April 17, 2023 (updated on April 17, 2023)

The new harvest of tea has a powerful, just-picked character. (To experience this special character yourself, look for our release of new harvest sencha, Shincha, in summer.)

In our regular selection, we prefer teas with a consistent and relaxed, matured character. To produce this character in the tea, we set aside the new harvest of tea for a period of months, in a freshness-ensuring environment. After its character has developed maturity, depth, and complexity, we begin to add it to the respective blend of tea a little at a time.

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