In Japan, the most prestigious teas are the Ichibancha, which means "first harvest". This tea is a Sencha from Miyazaki, on the island of Kyushu. It is harvested 500 metres above sea level, and was produced from a rare cultivar known as Meiryoku. A spring Sencha with a smooth texture and umami taste. Its powerful aromatic notes are vegetal, fruity and iodised all at once.
This tea is grown organically and certified by Ecocert, an accredited independent certification body.
- Miyazaki, Japan
- Tea colour:
- green tea
- Appearance: thin needles
- Colour: dark green, bright leaves
- Scents: vegetal, Mochi
- Scents: vegetal, floral, fruit
- Colour: pale green
- Texture: smooth
- Flavours: umami, slight acidity
- Aromas: a vegetal initial aroma (fresh vegetal), iodised, fruity (zesty), buttery, floral
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: an umami Ichibancha, with a round, thick texture that unveils rich vegetal, fruity, fresh and long-lasting notes
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 2 minutes in water heated to 70°C
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.