Zairai Organic Kirishima Sencha
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      Organic Zairai Sencha - From Kirishima

      Grown organically in the mountainous Kirishima area of Kagoshima Prefecture. Lightly steamed, organic Kirishima Zairai sencha has a light yellow green color to it, medium body, and rather unique taste and aroma due to it's high iron content.  Zairai means "native" in Japanese and refers to the fact that this tea is from no known modern cultivar and is a close derivitive of the original tea plants imported into Japan from China in the 14th century. Since it is "wild" and grown from seed instead of cloning, there is quite a lot of variation between individual plants which gives the leaf a non-uniform leaf structure and charactaristics of a blend. Although it is considered a hardier plant to culitviate, the lack of leaf conformity, in addition to lower yield than recent clones does not encourage growers to grow it means you will not come across this unique tea often.

      Very delicious, here's your chance to experience a green tea with characteristics of the teas of old Japan. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.

      Available in 100 gram packages

      Score: 4.76 (votes: 25)
      Reviews: 22
      4.76|
      • ¥1,900 JPY
      • 19   – Reward points
       
      In stock

      Product questions

      • marcia smullen
        Apr 11, 2022, 03:14

        When will your original Zairai Sencha come back? I didn't care for the replacement at all.

        Kevin Moore
        Apr 11, 2022, 03:17

        As of April 11, 2022 - we don't know yet, we'll have a better idea in about 2 weeks.

      • MB25
        May 7, 2019, 22:50

        Hello there
        Do you know when in May Organic Zairai Sencha - From Kirishima is going to be back in stock?
        Thank you

        Kevin Moore
        May 8, 2019, 00:19

        Should be within the next 2 weeks, still waiting on this one.

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      • Aaron Taylor
        Oct 13, 2023, 07:47
        Excellent tea. I was thinking if I wanted to give it 4 or 5 stars. I really love traditional Japanese sencha teas, particularly from a couple decades ago. This is more of a flowery withered tea, which is not as high on my list of teas to drink, although I do enjoy them.
        Having said that, I do like a change, and this is a great tea to mix it up, and get a completely different flavor profile. I brew this one just a tad bit hotter and longer, to get the cup I prefer. For those who really like this style, you will love this tea! You will find it very tasty and enjoyable. Excellent quality.
        I tell you, they know what they are doing in Kirishima. Several of my favorites come from this area.
      • Rosana
        Jan 30, 2020, 03:25
        A truly unique sencha!

        As other customers have mentioned this tea has notes of pistachio, kale, chestnuts, gingerbread -- mildly reminiscent of a fruity, nutty oolong. I would also add apple, vanilla and chai spices to that list. Quite a lovely experience!

        I used the recommended amount of 0.6 grams of tea for every fluid ounce of water. My preferred brew temperature was 140-175 F (60-80 C) as follows:
        first brew: 140-150 F (60-66 C) for 60 seconds
        second brew: 140-160F (60-71 C) for 45 seconds
        third brew: 175 F (80 C) for 75 seconds

        The recommended brew temperature of 175 F yielded stronger vegetal flavors (i.e. kale, asparagus, green onion). I prefer brewing at lower temperatures for the first and second brew since that brings out the sweeter 'fruit and spice' flavors.

        Also, I like to brew 6.4 grams in 1 1/3 cup of water three times; and then mix all three brews to get a 4 cup pot of tea with many layers of flavor.
      • Phil
        Mar 23, 2018, 01:48
        A smooth, unfussy tea-companion when out and about - despite, or maybe just because, it is a Zairai. Great as a daily-drinker, good quality for the price.
      • iamsmall
        Dec 10, 2017, 05:54
        I bought this with a broad selection of teas with my first order. I love it. I drink it first thing every morning; there is a sweetness about it that always starts the day out well.
      • Kat
        Nov 8, 2017, 03:59
        A real treat for the price. This is the tea I drink daily at work - not too much fuss when it comes to brewing, and yet the taste is far from being cheap. The first two steeps are full of flavour, the third one perhaps less so, but is still enjoyable. Will very likely be coming back for more.
      • Janet
        Aug 29, 2017, 03:13
        I really like this tea. It has a nice flavor - a bit different (I'm afraid I don't know how to describe how it's different, but it is a subtle difference). And with its low price, it is an excellent buy.
      • Áron Macsicza
        Mar 22, 2017, 06:49
        Recently I ordered more teas so I got lost but if my memory serves me well in this sencha I felt a peculiar taste resembling something like gingerbread. Interesting tea, I will very likely buy it again in the near future!
      • Daniel Mulford
        Mar 8, 2017, 08:05
        Relatively light, with a finish that somehow reminds me of seaweed, which isn't a bad thing. I like to use more leaf, and brew for long periods with low temperatures.
        • SKU
          16584-MY
        • Shipping Weight
          110 g
      • Loose Leaf
        • Ease of Brewing
          Medium - Brew w/ care
        • Net Weight
          100 g / 3.52 oz
        • Growing Region
          Kirishima
        • Year
          2023
        • Harvest
          First and/or Shincha
        • Breed
          Zairai
        • Shading
          Full Sun
        • Steaming
          Light
        • Color
          Yellow-Green
        • Aroma
          Medium
        • Taste
          Grassy
        • Astringency
          Medium
        • Clarity
          Clear
        • First infusions per Pkg
          22
        • Organic
          Yes
        • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
          .6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
        • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
          79℃ (175℉)
        • Brew Time (Seconds)
          60-90

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