"Shin" means new, and "Cha" means tea. Shincha, often called the first flush tea, is made from the tea picked during the first harvest in the spring. The first harvest of the year, usually from April to May, produces the highest quality tea in Japan. During the winter the tea plant goes dormant and slowly pulls nutrients from the soil. The first leaves of the season are rich with these nutrients, including amino acids and catechins. These enhance the flavor and aroma of this first-harvest tea. Shincha has a bright, luminescent green color, strong aroma and pronounced sweetness.

Japanese Green Tea Shincha 2011 Eventually, most of Denís Tea teas will be made from the 2014 first flush tea. Our regular teas will be available with this yearís Shincha in early summer. Also every year, Denís Tea offers special Shinchas for your enjoyment and imports them by air shipment somewhat like the Beaujolais Nouveau wines of France.

Our special Shinchas are made from tea leaves that are very shiny and thin and I think they are the most beautiful tea in the world. They have a young flavor almost as if you were picking the tea and steeping it right in the field. To maintain its field freshness, we process it as little as possible; consequently it is somewhat delicate and will be available for a very limited time.

April 2014 Shincha Report
We expected a delay in the harvest due to the lower temperatures in March. But In April, the moderate amount of rain seemed to encourage the tea bushes to grow faster. The tea market will open on April 23rd. At this moment, we have not been advised any negative factors like cold weather, frost or any disease. Our contracted farmers maintain their farms very well. So we are anticipating a good quality harvest.

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