Yamanien Shinmei Sencha derives its name from the kanji character 神 (Divine) and 明 (Light) and refers to the heavenly excellence of this tea.
The warmth of Shizuoka Spring gives early life to the supple, brilliant-green tea shrubs, allowing us to harvest the sweetest, most fragrant leaves in mid-April. Timing and selection are key to creating this, our most readily appreciated and vibrant sencha.
We have carefully crafted Shinmei Sencha to be bold and intensely fragrant with the intention of being fully experienced by aficionados and green tea lovers alike, with minimal attention to the careful infusion techniques required by the highest grade teas.
Throughout the decades, we know that a skillfully selected blend of Light-steamed Asamushi and Deep-steamed Fukamushi Teas results in a magnificently nourishing infusion.
Shinmei Sencha will call forth your inner light - pour a cup and share amongst friends.
Available in 100 gram (3.53 oz) pouch.
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Thick, creamy Fukamushi liquor radiating the depth of colors observed during the energetic Shizuoka Spring growing season. Deep, rich, velvet green. An almost palpable sight to behold.
Full-bodied, richly-aromatic bouquet of Sweet Fir and fresh-cut greens will permeate your tearoom soon after the first infusion. The powerful fragrance of Shinmei alone has captivated many a green tea fan in our tearoom and has become a staple when entertaining our friends.
Incredible umami elegance with fully rounded and focused honey-sweet mouth feel. Perfected and pleasant astringency followed by creamy, sensory-awakening syrup quality.
Berry-like and dripping with buttery rich tones, Shinmei is a fantastically nourishing Sencha experience.
Preparation and Infusion
Crystal-clean water, correct tea measurement, duration of infusion, poring technique and your personal favorite Yunomi will be essential to fully enjoy Shinmei Sencha.
Click here to read some general information on brewing Sencha.
Start with the purest, soft water you can find. If you have any doubt as to the purity or taste, follow these steps,
Purify your water through a filter and allow it to sit refrigerated for 24 hours,
Boil this water for 5 minutes, then let it sit to cool,
Skip the above steps and purchase a high quality bottled water for the infusion.
You should also prepare the following,
To expand on the above notes, 10 grams is approximately 2 heaping teaspoons. If you do not have a Japanese Kyusu, experiment with what you have.
Be sure to infuse just enough tea for each person, emptying the Kyusu to the very last drop upon completion. more water can be added later for a second and third infusion.
Pristine water, Kyusu, your favorite Yunomi, let get to the infusion. Take care not to rush through any of the following steps. Take the time to appreciate every action.
Slowly pour boiling water into your Kyusu. This will pre-heat the Kyusu and allow the water temperature to drop 10 degrees from between 90-100 degrees Celsius to approximately 80 degrees Celsius. Each subsequent pouring will cool the water by 10 degrees Celsius.
Now pour from your Kyusu into each Yunomi to further cool the water, from 80 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius. This is the optimal Brewing temperature for Shinmei Sencha.
Delicately place the pre-measured Shinmei dry leaf in your Kyusu, followed by the water from each Yunomi. Infuse for one minute to allow the full flavor of this tea to develop.
When pouring the liquor into the Yunomi, carefully distribute the tea from one cup to the next, pouring small amounts into each cup in turn until the very last drop falls deliciously into the final cup.
For a second infusion, hotter water can be added as the leaves are already open inside the teapot.