Fukamushi Shizuoka Shincha 2012 Tea
Infusion Time: 2 Minutes
Caffeine Level: Light
Fukamushi Shincha is an extremely limited-quantity 2012 spring harvest tea from Shizuoka, Japan. The glistening jade leaves of this rare tea handpicked, deep-steamed and air-shipped to us only once each year. However, what makes Fukamushi Shincha truly great (and one of our staff favorites) is its aroma and flavor.
The spear-like leaves of Fukamushi Sencha herald foresty pine aromas that are shot through with a bright hint of citrus. The envy-green brew is a juxtaposition of thick, bold iodine minerality and marine notes with a gentle, underlying, buttery sweetness. The robust, orange-pith astringency fades with notes of roasted nuts and coriander and deep, persistent, green flavors of sweet grasses in the aftertaste.
Brew with care; as if possessed by a fickle deity, this tea will reward proper brewing with sublime flavors and punish careless over-steepers with an unappealingly bitter brew.