Tea tasting: Koushun cultivar

This is not the first time I tasted teas made from Koushun (香駿) cultivar, but I have never shared any tea tasting notes about it before this. This is one of the many newer-than-Yabukita cultivars that is gaining a lot of attention in recent years. It was developed in Shizuoka, a cross between Kurasawa and … Continue reading Tea tasting: Koushun cultivar

Tea tasting: Hokumei cultivar

I was reminded that I have a sample of this cultivar after reading a blog post by Eustea Reads recently. I have been enjoying the freshness of shincha teas, so didn't get to try this until today. It was a sample received from Florent-san of Thes du Japon when I ordered a shincha from him. … Continue reading Tea tasting: Hokumei cultivar

Tea tasting: Dentou Hon Gyokuro (Takaki Chaen)

Gyokuro is considered as the highest level or the most luxurious of all Japanese green teas. It is a shaded tea. About three weeks before harvest, farmers will cover the fields to shade the leaves from sunlight. The shading process retains L-theanine, the compound responsible for the umami of this tea, and suppresses catechins that … Continue reading Tea tasting: Dentou Hon Gyokuro (Takaki Chaen)

Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saeakari cultivar) from Kumamoto

The town of Mashiki in central Kumamoto is mostly an agricultural hub, not too far from the prefectural capital of Kumamoto City. Among its famous produce are watermelons, persimmons and satsumaimo (sweet potato). It is also home to Kumamoto Airport. However, its name is more known for an unfortunate disaster. Mashiki was near the epicentre … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saeakari cultivar) from Kumamoto

Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saemidori cultivar) from Sonogi

The area north of Nagasaki prefecture, bordering with Saga prefecture and overlooking the scenic Omura Bay, has a long history of tea cultivation that goes back to the Edo period. This area is known as Higashi-Sonogi (東彼杵), while the tea produced here is known as Sonogi tea (そのぎ茶). It is also the largest tea production … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saemidori cultivar) from Sonogi

Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Fujimidori cultivar) from Hoshino

Located in the mountains of Yame city in southern Fukuoka prefecture, Hoshino village was in my itinerary of places to visit for my Kyushu trip this month. Of course, all plans were aborted due to Covid-19. Hoshino village is well-known for its beautiful views set in lush green landscape, with historic terraced rice fields being … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Fujimidori cultivar) from Hoshino

Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Kuritawase cultivar) from Tanegashima

Finally it arrived here yesterday! My first order of shincha 2020, which happens to be one of the earliest harvests in Japan coming from Tanegashima, an island off the coast of Kagoshima prefecture. It got stuck in postal limbo for more than a month due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns everywhere. This is a … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Kuritawase cultivar) from Tanegashima