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      Uji Shincha Kirameki

      Experience the rare delight of Uji Shincha Kirameki, exclusively offered by the historic Tsuen Tea Shop, Japan's oldest tea merchant residing along the picturesque Uji River for over 860 years. This exceptional tea is a once-a-year phenomenon during the shincha season, and once depleted, it won't be available until the next harvest. While Tsuen Tea does offer the Ujibashi San no Ma blend after shincha season, the Kirameki holds a distinctive charm that makes it uniquely sought-after.

      Meticulously crafted from the finest 100% Uji-grown (Wazuka village) Yabukita leaves harvested during the first flush, this asamushi (lightly steamed) sencha enchants with its vibrant, grassy aroma and refined flavor. Kirameki represents the epitome of Japanese green tea, offering a fleeting taste of spring's fresh vitality.

      Important Brewing Notes:  For this year's tea, brew similar to gyokuro at 60 C / 140 F for about 90 seconds.  This is lower than most sencha.  Thus, you should pre-warm your brewing vessels (teapot and teacups) prior to brewing, otherwise the result will be tepid.  If you do this correctly, you will be greeting with a wonderful umami green tea experience.

      Do not miss the opportunity to indulge in this limited-edition brew. Secure your 100-gram package today and immerse yourself in the exquisite pleasures of shincha season with Uji Shincha Kirameki.

      Score: 4.57 (votes: 7)
      Reviews: 4
      • ¥3,700 JPY
      • 37   – Reward points
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      • Laurie E. Miller
        May 18, 2021, 22:37
        I ordered some in early May 2021 and it is superb. With an asamushi like this, I tend to go hunting for the most delicate notes to find what is there. This one has notes I did not think were possible in a steamed green, like a fantasy of drinking a cloud that brings spring rain. I'm brewing at ~140F with very short infusions to find that.
      • Robert McKee
        May 17, 2019, 01:26
        Unique taste. There seems more nuance than most senchas I’ve had, dry tea smells amazing, pleasant aftertaste. I think it’s the astringency that leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Nothing negative, but lots of little positives. So, 5-stars.

        Light steamed (doesn’t stop up pouring), clear cup.

        Note: OCHA web says 160F, and the tea container says 176F. I brewed at 176 for 1.5 minutes, and wished I’d went longer (could be my water). Second brew 30s had more color,, but I liked the first brew better.
        O-Cha.com Japanese Green Tea & Matcha
        May 17, 2019, 13:40
        There are multiple ways to brew it, you can brew it hotter for shorter time, you can brew it lower temp for longer time, etc.
      • Joni Kettunen
        Jun 5, 2017, 16:14
        Very gentle taste with multiple nyances in it. Taste isn't strong but rather contains a lots of small pleasant variatons in it. Like half dozen elves singing in a choir.
      • Cory
        May 23, 2017, 10:56
        Available only once a year, Kirameki is a real treat. I give it four stars instead of five only because it's incredibly sensitive to brewing time; you'll have to play with it a bit to discover what you like. The 90 seconds suggested here is a little long for my tastes; I usually give it about 60–70 seconds for the first infusion and a little less after that.
        • SKU
        • Shipping Weight
          110 g
      • Loose Leaf
        • Ease of Brewing
          Somewhat Difficult - May take some practice to get it perfect.
        • Net Weight
          100 g / 3.52 oz
        • Growing Region
          100% Uji
        • Year
        • Harvest
          First and/or Shincha
        • Breed
        • Shading
          Full Sun
        • Steaming
        • Color
        • Aroma
        • Taste
        • Astringency
        • Clarity
        • First infusions per Pkg
        • Organic
        • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
          1.0 g to 1 oz/30 ml
        • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
          60℃ (140℉)
        • Brew Time (Seconds)
        • Notes
          Supplied to us from Japan's oldest tea shop.

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