Hashiri Shincha ($24.75)

We are taking pre-orders of Hashiri Shincha until April 25th. Your pre-ordered Hashiri Shincha will be shipped to you as it becomes available (around May 2nd).
Hashiri means the "first (harvest or catch) of the season" and our Hashiri Shincha is just that. It is the first of the first flush teas. It is made from the very young leaves and buds of the tea plant. We are very glad to once again to be offering Hashiri Shincha. Not only do we get to supply you with a great tea, but we also have the opportunity to work with a tea grower who is essentially an artist in the tea field.
  • Origin: Uchimaki, Shizuoka
  • Harvest: First Flush 2014
  • Species: Yabukita
hashiri shincha Every year Denís parent company, Shirakata-Denshiro Shoten, strikes a special contract with the Moriuchi tea farm to purchase their very young shincha leaves and use it as the only tea in our Hashiri Shincha. The Moriuchi tea farm is owned and operated by Mr. Yoshio Moriuchi who has a brilliant history in tea farming. He has won Gold and Silver medals in the past 5 years at the World Green Tea Contest, the O-Cha Frontier Contest, and the Shizuoka Tea Auction. His passion for tea and his spirit of ingenuity are still growing. He uses an original natural fertilizer that he blends himself. He is very careful at timing the harvest to bring out the best flavor of the tea leaf. His first flush tea is very delicate and the top buds and tea leaves are carefully picked by hand.

yoshio After the leaves are picked, Mr. Moriuchi makes Aracha (rough tea) with the young leaves. The Aracha is brought to the Shirakata-Denshiro Shotenís factory, where it is processed as little as possible. To maintain its field freshness especially for this Hashiri Shincha, there is no blending and only a light roasting. Consequently it is somewhat delicate and will be available for a very limited time.
FYI, 2013 Den's Tasting Comments:
I was a little concerned when I saw that the processed Hashiri Shincha tea leaves were very sharp, dark needles. As I reported in April, the Shincha season arrived early this year and some of the leaves were mature by the end of April. I was afraid that Hashiri Shincha had lost its character of young freshness. The very first brewing of Shincha is always done in a cup with boiling water. This allows us to look at the brilliant green leaves opening slowly and allows us to experience the aroma as it rises from the cup.

When I poured hot water into the tasting cup and took the first sip, I was honestly surprised. I thought the aroma and flavor of this tea was weaker than last year's. But while thinking about last year's tea, the taste of the 2013 Shincha began to grow in my mouth. This yearís Hashiri is unique in that the aftertaste gives your palate more impact than the first sip.

Then, I brewed another cup with 160F water. The same character but a stronger aftertaste remained in my mouth. I did not want to eat anything for a while to enjoy the flavor left in my mouth. What an aftertaste! Hope you "feel" and enjoy this exceptional experience!

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Hashiri Sencha
Den's Preferred Brewing:
Water: 2oz @ 160F
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 rounded teaspoon
Steep: 90 sec
2nd Cup: Water @ 180F; Steep 30 sec

We are taking pre-orders of Hashiri Shincha until April 25th. Your pre-ordered Hashiri Shincha will be shipped to you as it becomes available (around May 2nd).

Here are terms for Hashiri Shincha pre-orders:

  • Pre-ordered Hashiri Shincha will be shipped once we received it from Japan which we expect to be around May 2nd.
  • Your pre-order of Hashiri Shincha qualifies for a 10% discount off the regular price.
  • Your credit card will be charged when you place your order.
  • If you order other teas and/or products with Hashiri Shincha the entire order will be shipped TOGETHER.
  • For those who want to use Hashiri Shincha as a Mother's Day gift, the gift will be delivered to your shipping address during the week of May 5th.

Item #   Product Name- Price

Hashiri Shincha (2oz/56g)

$24.75  $22.28
Save: 10% off


Hashiri Shincha (1lb)

$188.10  $169.29
Save: 10% off


Hashiri Shincha 2oz Gift Can

$29.75  $26.78
Save: 10% off


Hashiri Shincha 2oz Gift Can Ė unwrapped

$27.75  $24.98
Save: 10% off


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