In Japan, the most prestigious teas are the Ichibancha, which means "first harvest". This tea comes from Kirishima, Kagoshima. It is produced from a cultivar called Saemidori, which is a cross between the Asatsuyu and Yabukita cultivars.
A highly smooth and umami Shincha with an excellent aromatic complexity which develops against butter, cut grass, mochi and vanilla notes.
This tea is grown organically and certified by Ecocert, an accredited independent certification body.
- Kagoshima, Japan
- Tea colour:
- green tea
- Appearance: fine, evenly-shaped needles
- Colour: dark green, glossy
- Scents: vegetal, mint, pastry notes
- Scents: cut grass, iodised, mochi
- Colour: pale green
- Texture: smooth
- Flavours: very umami
- Aromas: butter, cut grass, mochi, vanilla, iodised, milk
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: this Ichibancha develops a thick texture which combines with an intense umami taste right from the start. Its complex notes are buttery, vegetal and gourmet. A sublime Grand Cru to delight fans of the Saemidori cultivar.
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.