Sencha of the Spring Sun Hachiju-Hachiya 2020 (25g)


Spring Sun HachijuHachiya is a Limited Edition Sencha steeped in history. It’s comprised of glossy dark green needles that create an emerald green liquor. Full-bodied with a long presence in the mouth, it gives bright-tasting grassy notes with a delightful astringency that epitomises the essence of Spring time teas. The tea liquor has a thicker viscosity which is due to the downy hairs on the back of the very young leaves . We hand sorted the raw material used only the youngest buds and first two leaves. The tea had a light steaming and soft rolling enabling a many steeps.  This tea is an unshaded tea which we harvested in spring, precisely 88 days after the first day of Spring. A truly unique tea, ideal for early mornings or afternoon calm.

HachijuHachiya Background

The 88th day of traditional Japanese calendar, which falls right around May 1st or 2nd, is famous as an important date for farmers, and especially tea farmers. For several hundred years, the 88th day has been considered the best day to start the spring tea harvest. Those tender new shoots are prized, and used for the highest grades of sencha.

The number 8 is considered auspicious in Japan, so the 88th day sounds very lucky. Tea picked on this day is said to give the drinker a long and prosperous life.

Taste: Astringent
Body: Full
Texture: Thick
Length: Long
Harvest: The 2nd of May
Tea Cultivar: Yabukita
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Lightly Steamed, Rolled, Dried
SKU: OB-TE-SE-H0-RE-0025 Categories: , , ,


What is Sencha?

SenchaSencha (煎茶) is the most popular tea in Japan and is unique in its distinctive emerald colour and grassy, vegetal taste. Directly translated as `brewing tea´, 80% of all green tea produced in Japan is considered Sencha. After being picked, the tealeaves are immediately steamed for about 40 to 50 seconds to stop them from oxidising. The tea is then rolled in several processes: rough rolling, strong rolling, middle rolling and finally fine rolling. This transforms the leaves into the beautiful needle shapes that are typical of Japanese tea.



Farmer Profile

Akky-san Farming Tea

Akihiro “Akky” Kita is our president and lead farmer here at Obubu. His desire to make this tea available to the general public is the foundation of Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. In college, Akky took up a part-time job as a farmhand in Wazuka, and fell in love with the tea of this region. He made the decision then to leave college and devote his time to mastering the art of tea farming. Recognizing the need for independent farmers like himself to spread the joy of drinking Japanese tea, he travels each year during the winter off-season to bring Japanese tea to people all over the world.

Additional information

Weight 75 g


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