Sencha Asanoka

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Grown from the remarkable Asanoka cultivar, this tea is from Kagoshima—a southwest Japanese prefecture closer to Seoul than to Tokyo. Its vibrant green liquor and definitive umami flavor are hallmarks for great Sencha. This tea's highlights though, are its velvety notes of edamame and watercress, then its long, lingering sweet finish.

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  • 1.5-2.0 tsp per 8 oz of water, 155°F, 1.0-1.5 min

    • This tea epitomizes the umami flavor produced by Japanese green teas. In fact, Asanoka is known as a benchmark Sencha flavor experience
    • Uniquely, these teas are steamed, rather than oven-baked or wok fired
    • The heat from the steam not only prevents oxidation (what makes a green tea green), but also preserves the deep, forest green color of the leaves and assures a fresh flavor profile unique to Japanese green tea
    • The Kagoshima prefecture is located at the southwest edge of Kyushu, Japan's southernmost major island
    • In China, the shape and size of the tea leaves is an important aspect for determining quality of green teas
    • The more uniformly shaped and sized the Dragon Well, the more expensive the tea
    • For Sencha, the quality determiner is the tea's rich, savory umami flavor
    • To achieve this, the Japanese blend teas from different tea plantations and use many different sized pieces of Sencha tea leaves
    • Kagoshima is the second largest tea producing region in Japan
    • Parmesan or Romano cheese
    • Sushi or sashimi
    • Scallops, shrimp, lobster and any fresh fish
    • Wild mushrooms
    • edamame, asparagus, green beans
    • Any dark or milk chocolate dessert
    • Dark chocolate truffles or mousse
  • Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture green tea: 100%

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