Grands Crus

Organic Kagoshima Asanoka Shincha Ichibancha 2018

Organic Japanese green tea - First Flush
Organic new season Japan green tea with fresh, vegetal, fruity and iodic notes.
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


This tea offers a pleasant, powdery sensation in the mouth. Its fresh, vegetal, fruity and iodic notes are expressed against a sweet backdrop of vanilla and flowers.
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 has additional symbolic value, like 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.
In Japan there are 43 official cultivars for growing green tea. Asanoka is a new cultivar that was developed and tested in Kagoshima, and is currently grown successfully by a few producers in this region. It is a cross between Yabukita and another cultivar from the Chinese province of Jiangxi, called Cn1.

The Choice of Francois-Xavier Delmas

Tea sommelier Expert and Founder of Palais des Thés

This Grand Cru whisks me off to Brittany. I close my eyes and see myself enjoying it as an aperitif overlooking the sea, with the same aromas of iodine and cut grass. I can also imagine it accompanying a plate of lobster or a sole with no trimmings.


  • 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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