Grands Crus

Organic Kabuse Shincha Ichibancha 2018

Organic Japanese green tea - First Flush
Organic new season Japan green tea with fresh, vegetal, buttery and marine-iodic notes giving way to hints of menthol.
3.5 oz Pouch


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  • Infusion Time 2'

  • Quantity 0.2oz / 30cl

  • Temperature of infusion 160°F - 70°C

  • Time of the day All day long


A dark tea boasting a lovely sweetness with fresh, vegetal, buttery and marine-iodic notes giving way to hints of menthol, all supported by a pleasant umami flavor.
This tea is grown organically and certified by Ecocert, an accredited independent certification body.

In Japan, the Ichibancha (“first harvest”) period is the most prized for green teas. It holds additional symbolic value, as does everything associated with the renewal of the seasons in this country. After Shizuoka, Kagoshima, in Kyushu Island, is the second biggest tea-producing prefecture in Japan. The mild climate allows it to make the very first Japanese Shinchas every year.
Kabuse is a shade-grown tea: several days before plucking, the plants are covered to deprive them of some light. This makes the leaves become more concentrated in theanine, which results in very smooth teas.

The Choice of Francois-Xavier Delmas

Tea sommelier Expert and Founder of Palais des Thés

"Kabuse” is a shade-grown tea. Each bush must be covered for several days before harvest, to deprive it of light. This produces the texture I love, which is very smooth.


  • Origin:
  • Kagoshima, Japan
  • Tea color:
  • green tea

Suggestion of preparation

With the tasting set: 2 minutes in water heated to 160°F
With the Kyusu: 2 minutes in water heated to 175°F, 3 times in a row

Grands Crus: savour the exceptional

Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.

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