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Sencha Shizu, Single Cultivar


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Also known as “Sakura Kaori” (“Cherry Blossom Aroma”), Shizu is a very unique cultivar with a special trait; it has a natural sweet aroma like sakura flowers. This comes from its naturally high levels of the aromatic organic compound “coumarin,” which is also present in high concentrations in Japanese cherry trees. Traditionally this trait has made it hard for Japanese tea makers to use this cultivar in their blends. Combined with it being difficult to cultivate and limited to being best suited for growing in mountainous areas, Shizu has never been officially registered as a cultivar and is only grown by a few passionate tea farmers in Shizuoka

This lightly steamed sencha has a fresh, light sweet sakura aroma. The body of the tea liquor is medium-thick with umami and vegetal flavor with notes of artichoke. There is mild bitterness in the finish and very low astringency, with lingering floral notes.

The passionate farmer behind our Shizu is Fujita-san, who grows tea in the mountainous area of Kawane, Shizuoka, where many award-winning teas have also come from. His fields have an average elevation of 770 feet and is situated next to the Ooi River which provides plentiful water, nutrients, and morning fog for the tea plants.

Spring harvest 2020; Limited Edition. Use 1 heaping teaspoon (5g) dried leaves per 10 ounces of spring water heated to 175°F, steeping for 1-2 minutes.
  • Model: G-SSSC-1

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 11 August, 2020.