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

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. Hachiju-hachiya is a special day in Japanese agriculture because it is considered the time when all plants begin to sprout.

The uniqueness of our 2024 Hachiju-hachiya Shincha is that it is made of Chumushi Sencha. "Chu" means middle and "mushi" means steaming. It’s a moderately steamed Sencha that is between regular Sencha (lightly steamed) and Fukamushi Sencha (heavily steamed). The tea leaves used are those that have been exposed to plenty of sunlight in Makinohara, Shizuoka. The leaves are thick and rich in catechins, and this moderate steaming gives the tea a sweet and mellow flavor while still retaining a sharp, refreshing aroma.

We are also pleased to introduce this tea because it was grown in a very traditional and natural way by one of the oldest farms in Makinohara, Shizuoka. We recently worked with a farmer from this area.

This tea farm actually makes their own homemade compost by blending rice husks and rice bran that they get from a nearby rice farmer. In the fall, they harvest silver grass from the sides of the tea plantation, bundle it up, dry it, and spread it between the rows of the tea plantation. This keeps the tea fields warm and moist, and the organic matter nourishes the soil, which in turn nurtures the tea.  Many hands went into the creation of this hachiju-hachiya Shincha and we hope you enjoy it. Such a tea has received all the blessings and beauty that nature has to offer.

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

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

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 its deep natural taste. I recommend you try brewing it both ways.