Tea tasting: Sawamizuka cultivar (Hagiri Tea)

Happy new year! Here's hoping that 2023 be an awesome year for all of us! For fellow tea lovers, may our cups be abundantly filled with great tea! Today I'm writing about this sencha that I've opened last month. I've bought it sometime in October. Usually I don't buy sencha this late in the year, … Continue reading Tea tasting: Sawamizuka cultivar (Hagiri Tea)

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Tea tasting: Koganemidori sencha (Koganemidori Chaen)

Revisiting the taste of this unique hakuyoucha or white-leaf tea after I have first tasted it in November 2019. To learn more about the previous tasting experience, click HERE. Koganemidori, just like its name 'golden green' implies, is characterised by its golden-coloured leaves that don't look like any regular tea leaves. However, it is still … Continue reading Tea tasting: Koganemidori sencha (Koganemidori Chaen)

Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Nakaisamurai Meicha First Flush Organic Green (Nakaya Nouen)

I have been really slack in updating this blog. Too many things happening in real life, well, mostly work. Now that the pandemic has been declared endemic in my country, most things have resumed to pre-Covid days, including large-scale events that I have to attend. It's like, I had content materials but then as time … Continue reading Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Nakaisamurai Meicha First Flush Organic Green (Nakaya Nouen)

Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Onocha (Yamaguchi Chagyou)

This is the first time I tasted tea from Yamaguchi prefecture, located at the far western part of Honshu, next to Hiroshima. Teas from here, specifically from Ube City and its surroundings, are known as Onocha. Ono region is gently hilly, with strong red soil. The tea plantations here have been in existence since the … Continue reading Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Onocha (Yamaguchi Chagyou)

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)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Traditional hand-rolling experience at a tea farm

Before the advent of tea-making machineries, sencha was hand-rolled. This manual method known as temomi was invented in 1738 by Nagatani Souen. The method resulted in high quality and refined green tea with leaves that are bright and needle-like in shape. Today, temomi is no longer widely practised in Japan, but are preserved as a … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Traditional hand-rolling experience at a tea farm