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[2019.01.10]
Tsukigase Sencha Processed with Long Withering

We made an interesting green tea with Tsukigase’s spring tea. It is sencha, and we conducted long withering process to enhance its flavour. As a result, it gives a gentle floral scent that reminds me of Taiwan’s lightly fermented oolong tea. After producing tea in spring, in order to further enhance its flavour, we kept …

[2017.10.02]
New Release of Tsukigase Asamomi Sencha 2017

We just released Tsukigase Asamomi Sencha as one of our latest Japanese tea lineups. This tea is produced from the complete natural farming garden which no nitrogen fertilizer and no pesticide is used. In Japanese, Asamomi means light rolling. Thanks to the light rolling, this tea can be brewed more times than ordinary Japanese green …

[2017.06.16]
2017 Spring Tea from Tsukigase in Nara

I have visited Tsukigase in Nara to survey the progress of spring tea and their production. It was just in the mid of tea season. I met with our tea manufacturer and we exchanged a lot of innovative ideas regarding tea processing, and I inspected the outcome of the experimented teas. This year we are …

[2017.03.31]
The New Release of Tsukigase Asamomi Sencha

Most of the Japanese green teas have undergone intensive rolling process to make it into needle shape, and in general it becomes one of the key characteristics of Japanese green tea. We developed a Japanese green tea that undergone very light rolling. We named it as Tsukigase Asamomi Sencha. In Japanese, “Asamomi” means light rolling. …

[2016.02.11]
Development of lightly rolled Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea is less lasting in brewing Many people may find that the taste and flavor of Japanese green tea do not last over many infusions. The first infusion is strong and flavorful, but on third or even the second infusion, most of Japanese green tea tastes light and plain. Regardless of the brewing …

[2015.05.26]
Do you prefer tea leaf to be rolled tighter or softer?

In making teas, most of the teas will undergo rolling process, except some white tea and green tea. The rolling means rubbing or crumpling the tealeaf. Some tea manufacturers use machine to roll the tealeaf, while some people use their hands to roll. I would like to explain the purpose of rolling, and how the …

[2015.02.24]
Why do you brew green tea at lower temperature?

Talking about brewing Japanese green tea, many people generally has accepted that it should be brewed at lower temperature as it was always emphasized in most of the internet media and books regarding tea topics, many resources explain that sencha has to be brewed at 70-80 degree C. Nevertheless, I personally prefer to use boiling …

[2015.01.17]
Rich body and aftertaste, Uji Sencha Fukamushi

We quietly released Uji Sencha Fukamushi last year. Uji Sencha Fukamushi is not an ordinary Fukamushi sencha. Collaboration between Sencha and Fukamushi Sencha In Japanese, the “fukamushi” means deeply steamed. Fukamushi sencha is produced following the standard process in making a sencha, but a longer steaming process is conducted compared to ordinary sencha. The sencha …

asamiya sencha
[2014.12.23]
Asamiya Sencha, the rare Japanese green tea that gives full body

Asamiya sencha (朝宮煎茶) is from Shigaraki, Koga city in Shiga prefecture.  Asamiya is the district that belongs to Shigaraki town.The taste of Asamiya sencha is very rich, full body and it gives lingering sweetness on our palate. In fact, full-body character is extremely rare for Japanese green tea. Asamiya is gifted place with special clay …

[2013.06.06]
The earlier the plucking does not mean the better the quality is

Traditionally, it is widely believed that Japanese green tea plucked on the Hachijyuhachi Ya (八十八夜) should be the best quality. Hachijyuhachi Ya , known to be “ the 88th Night” usually landed in the 1st week of May. Japanese people used to say that we could live longer if we drank the tea plucked on …

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High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2020 is Now Available
We have released High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2020. It was unexpectedly well-made this year. I am truly delighted by its outcome. About Purple Tea The High Mountain Purple tea is made from the specific type of tea, the locals called it “Zi Cha”, that means purple tea in English. It is a rare tea …
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree. This is the fresh tea flowers hand-picked from old tea trees of ancient tea gardens. The tea garden is totally sustainable, with natural farming practice and no pesticide or fertilizer at all. The tea garden is located at altitude of 2000-2200m in the western part of …

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