Shincha Kunpu ($19.75)

Shincha Kunpu is an Eighty-Eighth (88th) Night Shincha that is lightly steamed. Eighty-Eighth Night Shincha refers to Shincha picked on the 88th day after the first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar. It is around May 2nd. The Eighty-Eighth Night - "Hachijuhachiya" in Japanese - is a special day in Japanese agriculture since it is considered about the time all the plants and vegetation begin to sprout.
  • Origin: Honyama, Shizuoka
  • Harvest: First Flush 2015
  • Species: Yabukita
Den's 2015 Shincha Kunpu Tasting Comments:
When I opened the bag, I was so glad to smell a seaweed like aroma that reminded me of a great quality tea. Then I tasted a cup and the cup woke my palate up. This year's Kunpu brings strong and dry flavors. In the beginning, I felt a very dry fresh bitterness left in my mouth. Then that bitterness gradually turned to an Umami flavor with very slight astringency left behind. It was a unique profile that I've never had, but I was quite ready to taste it again and again. By the end of the first cup, my mouth was a full of herbaceous flavor. The second cup still kept giving strong and dry flavors. I found 2015 Shincha Kunpu has a unique bitterness that enhances Umami and a long lasting aftertaste. You will enjoy the transition of wonderful flavors in your mouth.

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Shincha Kunpu 2012
Den's Preferred Brewing:
Water: 2oz @ 160F
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 rounded teaspoon
Steep: 90 sec
2nd Cup: Water @ 180F; Steep 30 sec

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