Our standard recipe for brewing loose-leaf Shincha. Discover the vibrant and energetic quality of these freshly harvested tea leaves.
Uji Shincha - New Harvest Sencha 2023 - 100g Bag
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Ippodo’s Shincha is a sencha green tea that is released as soon as possible after harvest in late spring. Each year we relish its energetic, vibrant character.
Each spring, as the weather starts to warm, the tea fields in the mountains south of Kyoto begin to awaken. The tea plants that huddled up, storing their energy and nutrients over the cold, long winter, begin to put out tiny green buds. Over the course of around a month these buds grow, reaching up and up for the wide blue sky. When the time is right, tea farmers harvest the spry new leaves.
At Ippodo, we select from these fresh new sencha harvests to blend and produce our Shincha tea each year.
Ippodo Shincha is a sencha green tea with a uniquely fresh, bright, and energetic character. This limited release is only available for a short time in early summer.
In the mountainous environment where the trees grow, small changes in the weather day-to-day affect the nuances that develop in the tea. As a result, the distinctive character of this year’s Shincha will never be repeated
Shincha 2023 is a wonderfully rich and complex tea that will surely satisfy longtime fans. It's a classic Shincha that leaves a strong impression, and it makes for a good introduction for those trying this tea the first time.
Natural, soft sweetness and umami are abundant in this release, and its body is round, rich, and a little thick. At the same time, it has classic Shincha energy, felt in its fresh, vegetal astringency and bitterness. The balance between this snappiness and the thick umami makes for a complex taste.
For a comparison, it has a juicy taste and fragrance, like biting into a fresh snap pea.
Compared to our normal selection of sencha, Shincha has a powerful flavor, aroma, and aftertaste. Its youthful strength is refreshing, like a splash of ice-cold water on the face in the morning.
Like Shincha, our regular sencha lineup is also harvested once per year in late spring. We allow the regular senchas to rest until they develop a relaxed, mature flavor. We then blend them with previous harvests to produce a consistent product sold throughout the year.
We love our regular sencha selection for its calm and mature character. We love Shincha for its fleeting, energetic character that invigorates us at the start of summer.
Ways to Prepare
Cold brewing brings out the most sweetness and umami from the leaves.