I bought teaware from a japanese webshop and they sent me some tea as present.
All writing was in japanese so I didn't know what tea it was. I thought maybe they've sent some of their old stock from 2007 harvest that they want to get rid off. I e-mailed them and asked what it was and here is what they answered:
That tea's name is Ise Kabuse-cha (shin-cha).
Ise is name of home. (ex. Kyoto,Tokyo,Suzuka,)
Kabuse-cha is Kind of manufacturing method. (ex. matcha,sen-cha,gyokuro)
Shin-cha is first leaf in this season.
I find the japanese habit of sending presents with order very charming. And the tea is shincha! Now I already have enough shincha opened to last me for a month or so. Can shincha be refridgerated like ordinary sencha? I know shincha is sometimes manufactured differently than ordinary sencha, so does that effect storage?