Sencha Single Varietal Tsuyu Hikari


希少品種 つゆひかり

May 2023

Yamue, Fukuoka

Yame, Fukuoka is a tea producing region famous for gyokuro 玉露.  It is located on the southernmost Japanese island of Kyushu. The tea comes from what was once a small village named Hoshino, before it merged with neighbouring villages to form the city of Yame. Yame spans a mountainous area, with the Hoshino River flowing through it from East to West.

The land here is very fertile and, at a higher altitude, the air is continually moist and foggy. Tea trees grow steadily and slowly in these conditions, which gives both their tea’s sweetness and its savory “umami” flavors depth and complexity.

This rare varietal of sencha, crossbred from Asatsuyu, is only cultivated in small amounts in Yame. It is known for its unique, refreshing aroma and rich flavor, sometimes called “natural Gyokuro.”

The dry tea smells warm and oxygenated. We feel the mountains and their mineral pitch in this sencha. It brews a cloudy, blue-green liquor that tastes vegetal and slick, without a hint of astringency. This confluence of floral, vegetal, and mineral lasts for several infusions. We understand its comparison to gyokuro: it slides across the palate, soft and well-rounded, leaving us a little brighter.

Net weight 60g

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Brewing guide

Tea 3 g
Water 200 ml
Steep time 15 - 60 sec
No. of infusions 4

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