Shincha is a rare green tea that is from the first tea harvest of the year in Japan. This highly celebrated tea can only be picked within a few days in the Spring. With so many leaves to pick in a short amount of time, tea farmers will often hold an all-night vigil for Shincha.
The tea plants are fertilized during the Fall and absorb all of the nutrients through the Winter. And as the plants are allowed to rest, they develop a refreshing aroma from the gradual build up of leaf alcohol. The leaf alcohol, which has no effect on humans, helps the plant repel insects. This compound can only be found in Shincha because it takes an entire season to accumulate. This is what causes the fresh aroma that is like a lush forrest after rainfall.
The leaf alcohol is best extracted by brewing the tea with a little higher water temperature. Which is why Shincha can be enjoyed with two different brewing methods (regular temperature and higher temperature).
Louisville Tea Company is proud to offer 2014 Farmer's Shincha this season. This is a unique treat because Shincha is rarely seen outside of Japan. Farmer's Shincha, or 'Aracha', has a light flavor with hints of honey and asparagus. It is a beautiful tea to experience and to savor. We hope you enjoy this tea as much as we do.
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