Shincha (新茶, or "new tea") is the first harvest of the year, and this pre-ordered batch arrived directly from Uji, just south of Kyoto. Time of picking and temperature control when steaming are crucial to maintaining its fresh aroma, creamy texture, and delicate flavor, which one might describe as leafy and floral with a hint of sea salt.
- Origin: Wazuka, Kyoto, Japan
- Cultivar: Meiryoku
- Artisan: Masa
- Harvest date: May 2022
- Serving size: 2–4 g per cup; 6-8 g for standard teapot
- Temperature: 175°F / 79°C
Recommended vessel: kyusu (“teapot” in Japanese) or miniature teapot
Ingredients: green tea
Caffeine level: moderate
What is a reserve tea? Reserve teas are teas that offer in limited quantities due to the availability of the tea itself.