Nishi Hand-Picked Shincha
Garden Direct Organic Green Tea

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Origin: Kirishima Mountain, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan

Cultivar: Sae Midori ("vivid green")

Elevation: 300 - 450m

Harvest Date: April 27th, 2017

A 2017 Garden Direct Series exclusive! This impressive collection features seasonal micro-lots of single-origin teas we source and import directly from artisan tea farmers. Available for a limited time, these handcrafted teas were selected through real time micro-lot tea cuppings during our 2017 origin travels.

Our first batch of shincha is hand-picked from Sae Midori tea bushes and is slightly less steamed than the usual style of sencha cultivated for us by the Nishi family. The steaming is between the asamushi (light steam) and chumushi (medium steam) styles, revealing a bright, vivid green cup with a degree of clarity and glow. We love the classic bright and juicy taste of the Sae Midori cultivar. This limited quantity micro-lot was harvested exclusively for Rishi Tea and exemplifies the very best quality of Kagoshima's 2017 crop shincha.



Tasting Notes: Sae Midori is prized for its balance of delicate savory umami and tender sweetness. 

Ingredients: Organic green tea.

Kirishima Mountain, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan

The Nishi family's techniques of total organic soil management and pest control are innovative, pioneering and set an example for the world's organic tea farmers. The Nishi family farms are located 300m-450m in Kirishima Mountain, situated within Kagoshima in Southern Japan's Kyushu Island. Rishi Tea has worked with the Nishi family since 2006 and each year we celebrate when this farmer artisan family sends us their prime 1st Flush micro-lots.
Water Temperature: 160°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon shincha per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 45 seconds 1st infusion; 30 seconds 2nd infusion

We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By Beverlee on July 10, 2017
New Lenox, IL United States
Excellent! I've never had tea like this!

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By ona goodrich on January 7, 2017
petaluma, CA United States
I wish I'd havery bought more. savoring each cup. delicious

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By Frank on November 25, 2016
Houston, TX United States
This shincha is a very bright and fresh offering from Rishi. I love their Nishi Sencha 1st Flush and go through at least one 250g bag every month. I tried this shincha for kicks and now I am hooked! It is delicate and has a very tender sweet dewy grass aroma, but no bitter taste. It is more delicate than the Nishi Sencha 1st Flush. Highly recommended for Japanese green tea fans.

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By Nick H on May 22, 2014
Norman, OK, AL United States
I think this shincha is definitely worth a buy. To be completely honest, this shincha was not my favorite one that I have had this shincha season, but that is not to say it is bad. I thought it was still very good. The reccomended brewing temp is 160, and I found this to be a decent option. The taste was very light and extremely grassy with some subtle sweetness to it. However, after playing with it, I thought the best flavor came out when brewed at 175 degrees. Definitely a good tea. It is worth a try before they run out.

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