|Fukumidori Ichou Sencha, Sayamacha, Saitama Pref., 50g - 2023 Shincha
Origin: Iruma City, Saitama Prefecture
Cultivar: Fukumidori (Lucky Green)
We are pleased to bring back Sayama-cha, teas from Southwest Saitama Prefecture, after a long absence. This particular tea is special as an Ichou (Withered) Sencha created by Shimizu-san of Bizenyacha in Hidaka, Saitama.
The techniques of allowing a short withering period and then mild roasting creates a tea that is still Japanese green tea, but starting to lean towards an Oolong. Some call these teas Japanese Green Oolong. The result is a very smooth Sencha with grassy and floral aromatics, a good amount of amami (sweetness) with just a mildly shibumi (astringent) finish. One of my favorite aspects of this tea is the ability to maintain flavor through several infusions.