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Excellent (Tokusen) Uji Shincha │ Sencha │ Marukyu Koyamaen

Excellent (Tokusen) Uji Shincha │ Sencha │ Marukyu Koyamaen

Regular price $14.50

Limited Edition

Harvested from the first sprouts of Spring 2024.  The result is an elegant and rich taste. 

We have two shin sencha teas for 2024, this is classified by the Japanese tea system as Excellent, while our Gokujo is Premium.    




PREPARATION

1. Measure 8 g tea leaves into a Japanese teapot.
2. Cool boiled water down to 70℃ / 158°F for more umami notes, or 85℃ / 185°F to add refreshing bitterness to the final tea.
3. Pour warm water into the teapot and tea cups. 
4. Pour water back into boiling pot and maintain 85℃ temperature.
5. Place tea leaves into Japanese teapot.  
6. Pour 200 ml / 6.8 oz of warm water over tea leaves in the teapot.
7. Steep for 30 seconds.
8. Pour an equal amount of tea into each cup.

❖ This tea goes 3 steeps. For the second and third infusions, use hotter water and brew shorter.  All steeps will present a different flavor. 


RECOMMENDATIONS

❖ Use soft water, but not mineral, distilled or purified water.  Much of US tap water is hard water, containing minerals that may interfere with the taste of your tea.  If you have hard water or lack a filtration system to remove mineral particles, then bottled water can be used.  Distilled or purified water may result in a flat tea. 
If you will not be using soft or bottled water then filter your hard water and go through a process to boil the water for 4 - 5 minutes and let it cool to the temperature needed for your tea. 
❖ As your hot water is cooling, before Step 1, use the hot water to warm up the tea bowl with hot water. Pour the water back and dry the tea bowl with a clean cloth.


Marukyu Koyamaen, situated in tea rich Uji - Kyoto, holds a prominent position as a top-tier tea grower, procurer and blender dating back to 1704. Over successive generations, their directors have been devoted to blending contemporary and traditional skills, resulting in an array of exquisite Japanese green tea selections. At the core of Marukyu Koyamaen's philosophy lies the commitment to "Making Teas with Quality as the Highest Priority".



Awards

Japan’s National Tea Competition: 1st prize twenty-two times
Kansai’s Regional Tea Competition: 1st prize nine times
Japanese Tea Selection Paris 2021 Matcha Category "Best Award" Winner
Hong Kong International Tea Fair 2019 Green Tea Category “CHAMPION”