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Honyama Harumoegi - Asamushi Sencha

Honyama Harumoegi - Asamushi Sencha

50g bag

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Brewing

  • 3g
  • 100ml @ 70C/160F
  • 1st Pour 60-90s, 2nd Pour - 0s, and 2nd Pour - 0s

Tea Profile

Type: Light-Steamed Sencha

Cultivar: Harumoegi

Region: Shizuoka

Farmer: The Saito Family

 

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Filled with pineapple and tropical fruit, passionfruit. Floral notes throughout.

Taste: It has a chestnut-like sweetness, and an overall elegant presence. Hints of tropical fruit.

 

The Story

This asamushi sencha is from Honyama in Shizuoka. Honyama has a long history as an important tea growing region in Japan, going back to the very beginning of the Edo period, when it's said that the shogun Tokugawa favored the tea there.

Harumoegi is an aromatic cultivar that lends itself to light-steaming. This sencha brews to a glowing, straw-gold color and has an aroma filled with pineapple and tropical fruit. It has a chestnut-like sweetness, and an overall elegant presence.

The grower, Saito-san, is local legend. It's estimated that he's the 18th generation tea grower in his family, which dates back to basically the beginning of tea production in Japan.

Sitting to share tea with Saito-san is a real treat. He's studied both the growing and the ceremony of tea for many, many years. He told us as a young man, his teacher wouldn't let him brew tea until he learned to measure the temperature with his hands - he spent one whole year holding teapots filled with hot water.

We asked Saito-san why he chose to convert his farm to organic - it's a difficult process, and takes years to accomplish. He said, being at the top of the mountain, he felt responsible for the water - any runoff would run into his friends' farms, and the surrounding land below.

Saito-san's family lives deep in the mountains. The first time we visited, Saito-san's daughter - who'd be 19th generation if we're keeping track - drove us up to the farm on the top of the mountain slopes. The farm has a wildness to it, coexisting with the nature around it. We saw native mountain deer and beehives for the pollinators as we wound our way up the steep slopes.

At the top the fields spread out below us, deep ravines, and mountains in woodblock-print layers all the way into the far distance where we could just make out Mt. Fuji.

Saito-san's teas are highly prized, and generally difficult to obtain - we're excited to share this tea with you.

About asamushi sencha

Asamushi senchas are light-steamed, a counterpoint to the deep-steaming of fukamushi senchas. This leaves more of the leaf intact, so they can take a bit longer to brew. Watch your leaves as they unfurl - they'll let you know when they're ready - about 60 to 90 secondsWhile deep-steaming brings out the leaf's deep color, umami, and sweetness, light-steaming brings out floral, fruity, and delicate flavors, in golden liquors.

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