Sublime first-flush tea with the flavor of sweet steamed greens.
Worthy of a special occasion, this is the finest first-flush Sencha, also called ichiban-cha or “number one tea.” This tea has gentler, more intricate qualities than second-flush Sencha. Its process involves steaming the leaf, then rolling it again and again before drying it to form a spindly shape. The taste in the cup is bright, herbaceous and lightly sweet, with a mild astringency and good body.
How to Brew
For Best Brewing
- Use one heaping teaspoon of loose leaves per 8 fl oz of 215° water.
- Let it steep for 5 minutes. Wait patiently for perfection.
The liquor of a green tea is typically a green or yellow color, and flavors range from toasty, grassy (pan-fired teas) to fresh and streamed greens (steamed teas) with mild astringency.