✔ High-quality Japanese green tea
✔ First harvest (First Flush)
✔ Briefly steamed (Asamushi)
✔ A fruity aroma and a sweet taste
Sencha is Japanese green tea and it is the most popular green tea in Japan. As opposed to Chinese green tea, sencha is not pan-fired but steamed, giving it a clear green colour and gentle flavour.
First Flush refers to when the tea is harvested. A First Flush is always the best quality, because it is the tea that is picked during the first harvesting season of the year, generally in April and May.
The time when tea is harvested is important. The tea plant is left alone during the winter, when it is given time to recover and grow. At the moment of First Flush the tea's flavour is known to be optimal. The earlier the harvest, the better the flavour.
Sencha Momoyama First Flush is an exceptional and especially high-quality green tea that clearly distinguishes itself from senchas of later harvests. Fruity fragrance, sweet and pleasing.
Sencha Momoyama First Flush is named for the Momoyama period, a crucial era for the development of the Japanese tea culture that lasted from 1573 to 1615.
The most popular tea during that period was matcha until the Japanese green tea ceremony came into being. The Japanese learnt of the tea ceremony through contact with the Chinese, and decades later the Japanese tea masters based their Japanese sencha tea ceremony on the Chinese version. Japanese green tea quickly became wildly popular.
Let the tea steep for about 3 minutes.
This Japanese green tea can be used for three infusions. The first and second steepings are important and give the tea a different taste – the tealeaves open up and their initial flavour is released during the first infusion, and because they are already open during the second infusion they steep in the water and release a different flavour.
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