Wow!!! That was great. I would love to try that tea. Thanks TRigga!
and thanks for explaining a bit more about Temomicha, Chip.
I hope traditional arts and practices like this method of making tea never die.
Hey, glad everyone is enjoying my video. Chip is right, only a small percentage of sencha now is made by hand using the process known as 'Temomi-cha'. In the town where I stayed there was a tea union. Many members of the town grew tea and there was a large facility that provided all the equipment needed to harvest and process the tea by machine. I only took pictures of this facility because it was not in use at the time and I wasn't quite sure what most of the equipment was used for. Chip is right, the tea leaves in Temomi are lightly steamed, only for about 40 seconds. Some other main differences I discovered were that when steeped, the leaves remain whole, and open back up to their original shape and appearance. Also, the taste is far more subdued in the first brew compared to machine made sencha (my guess is due to the fact that the leaves remain whole, and therefore, don't leech into the water as easily). I felt that the second or even third steeping's tasted the overall best.