SUGIYAMA 2016 FIRST FLUSH SHINCHA TEA
Infusion Time: 1 - 2 mins
Caffeine Level: Medium
Sugiyama is our extremely rare first Spring harvest of 2016 (shincha) from Japan and is a tea worthy of it's acclaim. A fukamushi, meaning the tea is steamed for longer than it's fellow Japanese teas, this tea was the very first plucking of this year and harvested a little late for a Spring tea, around April 28 - May 3. It's long needle-like rolled leaves are interspersed with more broken, dusty leaves, due to the extra steaming. No need to worry, as Japanese teas are less about the shape of the leaves and more about the final brew flavor. Grown along a steep river bank below the source for Lake Biwa where morning fog helps to create richer amino acids in this tea, resulting a brothy brew.
Sugiyama, loosely translated as "Cedar Tree Mountain", denotes the forested incline descending from Mt. Fuji and tastes just as it's name might suggest: vegetal but fresh and bright. The brew comes out rich and golden green, with fine particulate swirling around the pot, and has an aroma of fresh cut grass, bamboo leaves, and a hint of green melon. A taste is umami-rich and savory, with a hint of a caramelized sweetness. Dominate flavors of seaweed, steamed boy choy, and a hint of earthy nutmeg.
Your tea is hand packed in a resealable pouch at no additional charge. For an additional $5 you can select our new Black Triangle Signature Canister.