Many decades ago, Japanese green tea was still largely handmade by skilled artisans. However as technology progressed and became better able to create delicious tea through automated means, this tradition has gradually died off in Japan.
Today, Temomi Shincha is a true rarity, offered to the emperor each year as a tribute. The average age of the Japanese farmer is well into their late 70's and more and more tea farms are closing every year. The few Temomi artisans that remain today don't have as much energy as they did yesterday, and it takes a lot of hard effort to make Temomicha.
Temomi Shincha is made from handpicked Shincha leaves and is hand-rolled, creating long fine tea needles that almost look like thick pine needles. Over the course of 12 hours the leaves are steamed in bamboo baskets and slowly hand-rolled on hot tables to form into needles before being spread out to dry.
When brewed, the needles transform into their original bright green leaves. The light green broth has a strong savory aroma, thick mouthfeel, and rich umami flavor.
In Japanese Tea Ceremony there is a special idiom, 一期一会 (ichigo ichie) which can be translated to, "One Life, One Meeting". This means that we should treasure every encounter we have, for the exact same meeting and circumstances will never happen again.
Drinking our fresh Temomi Shincha is a rare and special experience that we hope you get to enjoy before the opportunity becomes unavailable.
This year we were very lucky to have one incredible artisan make Temomicha for us. Only 20 bags of Temomi Shincha are available for 2020 as of this release.
Hot Brew Preparation
Cold Brew Preparation
- Hand-Rolled First Harvest Green Tea
- Net Weight: 10g
- Package: Foil bag