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Hachiju-hachiya Shincha
Hachiju-hachiya Shincha
Hachiju-hachiya Shincha
Hachiju-hachiya Shincha
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Hachiju-hachiya Shincha

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Hachiju-hachiya means Eighty-Eight Nights. Eighty-Eight Nights Shincha refers to Shincha picked on the 88th day after the first day of Spring in the traditional Japanese calendar, which is normally around May 2nd. Hachiju-hachiya is a special day in Japanese agriculture since it is considered about the time all the plants begin to sprout.

Hachiju-hachiya Shincha

This year, we are introducing Hachiju-hachiya Shincha from Hatsukura, Shizuoka. Hatsukura is known for its premium Fukamushi Sencha and is located in western part of Shizuoka. In this area, tea trees are bathed in a lot of sunlight and the tea is often processed as Fukamushi Sencha. It is characterized by its rich refreshing taste with sweetness and astringency, and has a soft texture.

The uniqueness of our Hachiju-hachiya Shincha is that it is also made of Chu-mushi Sencha. Chu means middle and mushi means steaming. It’s a moderately steamed Sencha that is between regular Sencha and Fukamushi Sencha and that process brings you a well-balanced flavor and cup.

Origin: Hatsukura, Shizuoka
Harvest: First Flush
Cultivar: Yabukita

Bulk Order Discount
Every year, some of our customers who really like Shincha buy it in bulk. To help these Shincha lovers, we have made a bundle set for them. We are offering 5% discount if you purchased 4 of 2oz bag or 10% discount for 8 bags or a 1Lb bag.


Den's Preferred Brewing:
Leaf-water ratio: 2-3g (1 rounded tsp) per 4oz
Water: 160°F
Steep: 45 sec
2nd Cup: Water 180°F; Steep 15 sec
Special note: The flavor profile of Shincha is best experienced using bottled or filtered water.

Optional Brewing:
You can also brew with hotter water, say 200°F for 30 sec. This way, the wild grassy flavor comes on strong and you can taste the deep natural taste. I recommend you try brewing it both ways.

Tasting Comments for Hachiju-hachiya Shincha
It was very exciting moment when I opened the bag of our new Hachiju-hachiya Shincha because it is the first time we are introducing a Chu-mushi (middle steaming) style Sencha to our customers. The leaves are a light green color and contain middle and small leaves as a result of the steaming process. A nice greenish aroma caught my nose as soon as I opened the bag.

I brewed the first cup with boiling water as usual to taste on and off-flavors. The cup was rather cloudy which suggested to me that it might be bitter, however I was surprised that there was no bitterness or off-flavor. Even with hot water, only fresh Umami was left in my mouth. Then I brewed the tea in the regular way with 160° water. This was another surprise. It had a smooth mouth feel, almost as if I had green tea oil in my mouth and a deep taste profile like Italian kale and firm tofu. The 2nd cup was pleasant as well and its taste was as good as the first cup. This means that tea plant grew well with good nutrition infiltrating into the tea leaf. Actually, I brewed this tea three times and its flavor did not give up. Following Hashiri Shincha, our 2022 Hachiju-hachiya Shincha is another successful Shincha and tells us that the 2022 harvest was, indeed, a great tea harvest.