Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Oohashiri Shincha The First Kagoshima (Cha Tsusen Tada Seicha)

Oohashiri is written with the characters 大走り, which literally translate as 'big run'. It refers to the shincha (new tea of the year) that is harvested the earliest in the season. It's the earliest of the first harvest. Usually, the earliest crop of shincha can be found in the southern tip of Japan, particularly in … Continue reading Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Oohashiri Shincha The First Kagoshima (Cha Tsusen Tada Seicha)

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Tea tasting: Shincha 2022 – Shuntarou cultivar (Iba Yuu Seicha)

Two of my 2022 shincha orders have arrived last week! But I chose to start drinking one today, on Hachijuuhachi-ya (or the 88th night). It seems like it has become a tradition for me since 2020 to get shincha from Tanegashima (an island off Kagoshima prefecture) as my very first shincha of the year. This … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2022 – Shuntarou cultivar (Iba Yuu Seicha)