The lovely leaves, whole and broken, yield a balanced and sustained liquor with fresh, tasty herbaceous notes.
Country of Origin: Japan
Region: Okinawa, Ryukiu-Islands, Japan
Infusion: Pale green yellow
We are proud to offer this new high-quality Sencha Nagashima tea, grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The lovely leaves, whole and broken, yield a balanced and sustained liquor with fresh, tasty herbaceous notes.
Japanese tea gardens look quite different from tea plantations in other parts of the world. The bushes are cultivated in long rows and trimmed so the row has the appearance of a long dome. In Okinawa Prefecture it is said that the tea gives the impression of smooth waves of green, undulating over the landscape. This curved form of the tea bush gives the largest plucking table (the area where the new shoots used in high quality tea production grow is called the ‘plucking table’ – not only in Japan but in other parts of the tea growing world as well). It is on the long regularly shaped plucking table that the pickers take the leaves and the new buds. In the early season plucking is only done by hand.
Tea has always had a place in Japanese life. It has been used to show respect to honored guests, as a medicinal drink to aid digestion after meals and in the “tea ceremony” whose rules were laid down by Rikuyu. Recent research has revealed numerous chemical and mineral components in green tea. Japanese green tea contains the following components: Theanine, Catechins (polyphenols), Flavonoids, Vitamins C, B1, B2, Niacin, Caffeine, Amino Acids and Minerals F, Zn, Mn, Cu, and Se.