In Japan, the most prestigious are the Ichibancha, which means "first flush". This one comes from Kagoshima prefecture, in the south of Japan. It is produced from a rare cultivar known as Meiryoku.
A vivacious and fresh Shincha which reveals fresh grass, iodine and buttery fragrances which develops against a round and subtly powdered texture.
In order for this tea to develop its full aromatic complexity, multiple infusions should be performed in a Kyusu or a Shiboridashi. It is also possible to make cold brew tea by replacing the water with ice cubes : the infusion is finished when the ice cubes have completely melted, and you will obtain a concentrated, intense liqueur that is rare as jade dew.
This tea is grown organically and certified by Ecocert, an accredited independent certification body.
- Kagoshima, Japan
- Tea colour:
- green tea
Appearance: fines needles
Colour: dark green, glossy
Fragrances: vegetal, butter, fruity
Fragrances: vegetal, marine, butter
Colour: pale green
Fragrances: fresh herbs, buttery hint, iodised finish
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 2' minutes in water heated to 70°C.
With the Kyusu / Shiboridashi by successive 1 minute infusions.
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.