This tea has lovely iodine, vegetal and floral notes sustained by a magnificent texture that is smooth and silky. A delicious plucking with marine, vegetal notes that linger in the mouth.
In Japan, the Ichibancha (“first harvest”) period is the most prized for green teas, and it holds additional symbolic value, like everything associated with the renewal of the seasons in this country.
After Kagoshima, Miyazaki is the most southerly prefecture in Japan, and is also situated on the main island of Kyūshū, around 900 km from Tokyo.
The fourth biggest producer of green tea in Japan, Miyazaki is one of the best tea regions, with an exceptional terroir and promising developments in organic green tea.
This prefecture benefits from a mild, sunny climate, with one of the highest rainfalls in Japan. Almost three-quarters of Miyazaki is mountainous; although covered with beautiful forests, it makes farming quite difficult, meaning that the best areas for Sencha production are at the foot of the mountains. Miyazaki is the centre of the region’s volcanic activity, and has very fertile, volcanic soil, high in minerals, making it well suited to growing tea.
François-Xavier Delmas' choice:
"This premium tea transports me to Brittany. I dream of drinking it as an aperitif, looking out to sea, with the same smells of iodine and cut grass. I also think it would be a good with simply-prepared lobster or sole."
- Origin: Japan
- Tea colour: green tea
- Appearance: lovely leaves folded into fine needles
- Colour: dark green, glossy
- Scents: vegetal, vanilla, fish flesh, fruit
Brewed leaves (infusion):
- Scents: a good balance between the vegetal and marine notes, a hint of vanilla
- Colour: very pale green
- Texture: smooth and creamy to start, silky in the middle, with a delicate astringency
- Flavours: slightly umami, a touch of acidity
- Aromas: iodine at the start (fish flesh), then vegetal (cooked vegetables), floral (white flowers) and a hint of milk
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a lovely finish with rich, varied marine and vegetal notes
Throughout the year, our experts travel in the tea plantations looking for the best pluckings and new, rare, delicious teas.
The fact that we travel so extensively, that we taste and buy on location has many advantages and allows us to find rare crops by looking outside the traditional supplier circuit, to taste and to share with you the harvests of small plantations, which are often hidden away.
Visiting tea estates regularly and thereby establishing long-lasting relations with our suppliers allows us to guarantee regular quality control of the teas we buy, and to continue our mission: to bring you the best quality teas and to share our travels and experience with you, while concerning ourselves with environmental issues, working conditions on the estates and the fair trade practices to which we adhere.