Which Japanese green tea is this?

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Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby bob » May 27th, '14, 17:24

I was browsing for teaware and I came upon an amazingly looking Japanese green tea. Does anybody perhaps know which tea this is?

Here are a few screenshots, maybe somebody can translate the label:
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The wet leaves look absolutely amazing:
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Since the leaves are so intact, maybe it is hand-made? I would love to try some of that! And the teapot is also very nice... Here's the full link: http://www.tokoname.or.jp/teapot/maker_ ... hu0050.htm

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Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby Pig Hog » May 27th, '14, 17:41

Well the label says 手もみ茶 or temomicha, which literally means hand-rolled tea. I can't quite make out the smaller print but there's not much more to it.

I do agree though, the open leaves look amazing!

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Postby Peacock » May 27th, '14, 22:12

A very light-steamed sencha that's minimally processed by hand or perhaps gyokuro? Does it have a lot of unami?

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby Chip » May 28th, '14, 09:02

That looks like the perfect kyusu to brew the temomicha! Try brewing with the lid off so you can view the progress of the unfurling leaves.

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby MEversbergII » May 28th, '14, 10:21

That is out and out gorgeous tea. I must certainly find myself some. The kyusu isn't bad either!

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby Chip » May 28th, '14, 10:52

Ah, OK ... I was lost there. I saw tokoname.or.jp and had never seen an "action shot" of their kyusu on their site before. But I see it is way down on that page. However some of the Kyusu pictured are different than the one for which the page was dedicated.

Anyway, for temomicha, as I said above, perfect kyusu for this type of artisan sencha.

Sadly, our forum specialist on temomi passed away suddenly a few years back. If you check out his posts, he discussed temomi pretty much. His user name is iannon.

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby Poseidon » May 28th, '14, 11:09

Wow those leaves look amazing! I would like to find some of that as well! :lol:

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby shinobicha » May 28th, '14, 11:21

Actually.... you can buy some right here in the U.S... though there isn't much left! 10g - $17 (not incl shipping)
http://www.sugimotousa.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SU&Product_Code=SHI1&Category_Code=SHI
Each year, Sugimoto USA carries a limited amount of temomicha (usually for pre-order, though they have a bit extra). I have tried it once, and it is very good.

However, if you want to buy this, and they are already out, feel free to ask me where else you can buy it. There is a vendor in Japan, Hiruma-en / Gokuchanin, who always sells it. It is sold in 3g packets, and the price is between $6, $9, $11, or $54, depending on whether you want "normal" temomicha :lol: or the most expensive tea in Japan. (At least, according to him!) Others here at teachat have ordered from Hiruma before (including myself for the first time this year), so someone can point you in the right way...

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby shinobicha » May 28th, '14, 11:23

Chip wrote: Sadly, our forum specialist on temomi passed away suddenly a few years back. If you check out his posts, he discussed temomi pretty much. His user name is iannon.



I didn't know iannon...but I always appreciated his comments. I had forgotten about this... I think I felt someone's comments were missing and now I see whose. So sad.

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby Poseidon » May 28th, '14, 14:52

shinobicha wrote:Actually.... you can buy some right here in the U.S... though there isn't much left! 10g - $17 (not incl shipping)
http://www.sugimotousa.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SU&Product_Code=SHI1&Category_Code=SHI
Each year, Sugimoto USA carries a limited amount of temomicha (usually for pre-order, though they have a bit extra). I have tried it once, and it is very good.

However, if you want to buy this, and they are already out, feel free to ask me where else you can buy it. There is a vendor in Japan, Hiruma-en / Gokuchanin, who always sells it. It is sold in 3g packets, and the price is between $6, $9, $11, or $54, depending on whether you want "normal" temomicha :lol: or the most expensive tea in Japan. (At least, according to him!) Others here at teachat have ordered from Hiruma before (including myself for the first time this year), so someone can point you in the right way...

Thank You! I hope this is still around until payday... tea fund is BLOWN this week.

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby bob » May 30th, '14, 06:32

Thank you very much for your answers! Now I see what this tea is about... I tried some hand-rolled sencha before (from Obubu farm, via yunomi.us) and it was very nice, but I didn't pay that much attention to the leaf quality (and I brewed it like ordinary sencha).

It's sad to hear about iannon, I remember him from past years. I have to check his posts when I get more time...

Shinobicha, thank you for the vendor info. It's nice to see that I can actually afford a small sample of such tea, but it will have to wait for a few months... I'm currently in the process of learning/testing about gyokuro and I feel I should finish that first, before going for even more exclusive teas! :lol:

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby Poseidon » May 30th, '14, 07:38

bob wrote:Shinobicha, thank you for the vendor info. It's nice to see that I can actually afford a small sample of such tea, but it will have to wait for a few months... I'm currently in the process of learning/testing about gyokuro and I feel I should finish that first, before going for even more exclusive teas! :lol:

Just so you know, this tea will likely be gone in a few months. I would just add it on your mental list for next year.

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Re: Which Japanese green tea is this?

Postby chrl42 » Jun 2nd, '14, 22:59

Isn't it quality Sencha (seemingly hand-made). Looks like I've had those years ago.

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