Tanegashima Single Cultivar Sencha Green Tea – Shoju

$20.00

Tanegashima Single Cultivar Sencha Green Tea – Shoju

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Shoju is a rare cultivar grown by Tanegashima Island tea farmer Iba Takahiro, shaded for about 10 days, and harvested in the third week of March making it one of the earliest teas harvested in Japan. As such, Iba-san is interviewed by TV crews every year!

We have a few units of 2023 harvest left for you to compare!

2024’s harvest was the second earliest in history on March 18 (2010 was the earliest at March 16). Iba-san says he determines the harvest by determine the start of shading after the second leaf bud appears, and decided to harvest around the 4th leaf bud appearance then harvesting a bud and 3-4 young, tender leaves. He pays careful attention to the leaf growth at this time of the year to determine the perfect timing.

Region: Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima

Description

Tanegashima Single Cultivar Sencha Green Tea – Shoju

Sold per ounce

Shoju is a rare cultivar grown by Tanegashima Island tea farmer Iba Takahiro, shaded for about 10 days, and harvested in the third week of March making it one of the earliest teas harvested in Japan. As such, Iba-san is interviewed by TV crews every year!

We have a few units of 2023 harvest left for you to compare!

2024’s harvest was the second earliest in history on March 18 (2010 was the earliest at March 16). Iba-san says he determines the harvest by determine the start of shading after the second leaf bud appears, and decided to harvest around the 4th leaf bud appearance then harvesting a bud and 3-4 young, tender leaves. He pays careful attention to the leaf growth at this time of the year to determine the perfect timing.

Total crop yield this year was only 25kg, and already sold out at the farm, so our stock is limited to what we have!

Product Info

Ingredients: Green tea

Cultivar: Shoju 松寿

Harvest: Mid to Late March

Shading: Approximately 10 days

Region: Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima

Steaming: Regular

About Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture

Tanegashima Island is a small Japanese island located in the southwestern region of the country, known for its rich history and natural beauty. The island is renowned for being the site of Japan’s first contact with firearms and Western culture, as well as being a launch site for rockets and space exploration. With its stunning beaches, lush forests, and diverse wildlife, Tanegashima Island has become a popular destination for tourists seeking a unique and unforgettable experience in Japan.

Because if it’s southern latitude, tea fields on the island are some of the earliest to be harvested in Japan, with the first harvest occurring at the end of March.

Additional information

Size

1 oz

Ingredients

Green Tea

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