Shincha Satsuki



May 2024

Yame, 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 sencha is from Hoshino, Yame, and it is produced in the same style as their famous gyokuro, offering us a rich and savoury green tea that lies somewhere between categories. 

The tea brews a strikingly clear and sweet liquor. It reminds us that with quality in sencha comes simplicity and clarity. There is no cloudiness to the water, or bitterness on the tongue. Instead we are met with a voluminous green liquid sphere that feels dense, and somehow wholly intact, in the mouth. Its mouthfeel is so compelling and soothing, we taste this tea more for the medium that it is than the discrete flavours or references it may carry within it. 

Net weight 100g

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Brewing guide

Tea 3 g
Water 180 ml
Steep time 15 - 60 sec
No. of infusions 6

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