Mayucha (pronounced my-yoo-CHA) is fresh and alive with flavor. This extra fine Japanese sencha carries a buttery note, very deep richness, and sweet after-taste. It is difficult to find sencha of this quality in the states; we feel truly honored to share it with you.
Mayucha Sencha is produced in Shizuoka Prefecture - west and slightly south of Tokyo. It is a spring-plucked, 'nibancha' (second plucking of the season) tea. The leaves produced are uneven in size, a completely undesirable characteristic in Indian or Sri Lankan, but relatively unimportant for Japanese teas, as they grade according to flavor quality. The broken leaf style is the result of the Fukamushi (deep-steaming) process that some Japanese Senchas undergo and belies the amazingly rich, wonderful flavor it produces. During the final processing step, our producer fires the tea at a higher temperature than other Sencha makers, which - in part - gives Mayucha it's deep, brothy, Umami flavor. The Japanese term for this increased-temperature firing is 'hi-ire' (hee EE-ray). Additionally, the fine broken particles resulting from the Fukamushi process end up suspended in the brew, which is what gives the tea's liquor a deep, almost neon green color.
Sencha, in general, is the most commonly drunk - and produced - tea in Japan, where green tea comprises over 99% of production. A very small percentage of black tea is produced in Japan, as well as a tiny, tiny contingency of oolong teas which we finally had the honor of sampling during a November, 2013, visit to Kagoshima and Shizuoka prefectures, as part of a tea-sourcing tour.
- Scoop a two teaspoons of Mayucha green tea into your infuser.
- Heat water to 170° (just before boiling).
- Pour 8 oz. of water over tea leaves.
- Steep tea for 2-3 minutes (depending on taste preference).
- Remove infuser and enjoy tea.
Simply add to your infuser two teaspoonsful of Mayucha per 8 oz. of water and place it in your pot, then add the appropriate amount of 170° water and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the infuser and serve!
As with some of our other extremely fine loose-leaf teas, we do not recommend drinking Mayucha over ice.