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Handpicked Hon Yama Sencha

Handpicked Shincha TeaHandpicked Sencha

Tea from Honyama (also known as Tamakawa) is considered by connoisseurs of Japanese teas as one of the top growing areas. In Honyama, where the Abe River springs, are ideal conditions for top quality tea. The nights are clear and cool and the morning misty. The narrow valleys also ensure natural shading of the tea fields. So it is not surprising that the tea leaves in this area are abot one month later ready for harvest compared to tea from the low-lying areas near Shizuoka city.

The tea leaves for this tea where handpicked by Mr. Shoten's family. Therefore, the leaves are longer and more intact compared to does harvest by machines. Also, the stems get less damaged as they are picked at the plant's natural breaking point. Thus, the tea leaves get less oxidized and taste even more refreshing.

It's said that tea from Honyama was Shogun Tokugawa's favorite tea. After tasting this tea we strongly belive this lore.

Harvest: May 2018 
Taste: Sweet and refreshing aroma.
Origin: Honyama, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.
Varietal: Yabukita
Steaming: Asamushi
Preparation: Appx. 5g per serving, temperature 70 - 80°C,  time 1 min.
Tip: Use rather a higher leaf to water ratio and infuse repetetly for short time. First infusion max. 60s and all futher infusions only 30s as the leaves are already soaked. Use a Kyusu tea pot.

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