Shincha (新茶・しんちゃ) refers to the first Japanese tea harvest of the year. Rather than other types of tea—green tea, oolongs, and blacks—which refer to their processing, shincha is simply a label for the first harvest, more a cultural tradition than a style of tea. Shincha is always made into a green tea and almost exclusively a sencha. It is typically sold during the first few months after the year's harvests in April and May.
This shincha comes from the same producer that makes our collection of senchas. She is a 9th generation tea producer who, unlike many producers in Japan, grows, picks, and steams her leaves in-house. She has won numerous awards for her fragrant senchas.
Meant to be consumed as a celebration of the beginning of the year, shinchas are crafted to be especially fragrant and fresh-tasting.
Please find more information about shincha teas here.
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Harvested: May 2020
Cultivar: Hand-picked yabukita
Origin: Shizuoka, Japan