After Kondô-wase cultivar sencha from Mariko (Shizuoka), which is already sold out, here is the second early shincha hasty on Thés du Japon.
With the cultivar Sôfû, it is still a variety of “inzatsu” type. It is also a cross of Yabukita (♀) and Inzatsu 131 (♂).
This one comes from Nihon-daira, from the plantations of Mr. Urushibata. It is a manual harvest, a production of barely 10 kilos, of which I have only one part. Quantities very limited therefore.
Nihon-daira is on the city of Shizuoka, in the district of Suruga. It is a plateau overlooking the bay of Suruga. It is therefore a very temperate zone, which is therefore well suited to an early cultivar sensitive to the cold such as Sôfû.
It has only been a few years since this producer made this Sôfû, and if it had not convinced me last year, I must say that this year, I found it particularly attractive.
The tea soup gives a delicate sweet fragrance, predominantly floral but a little fruity and slightly green.
This aromatic profil arrives in the mouth from the first attack in an intense way. This sweet floral aromas get perfectly married with an umami present but very thin. This sencha has a silky sensation. Without any aggressiveness, the tea flows very fluidly in the throat, and despite the richness of the aromas, it remains very airy. Delicacy and elegance seem to be the key words. However, the character of the teas of type inzatsu is here perfectly recognizable, in the aftertaste in particular.
The after-taste is light, rather diffuse, but it helps to give this sencha a very refreshing character.
Starting from the first infusion with water at 80-85 ° C, one can perform 4 infusions without any trace of astringency.
If one feels that these aromas are still little asserted, it is also a characteristic of the shincha, but on the other hand it is a sencha that seems to me to possess a beautiful balance and a great elegance, qualities that are not always put together with these new teas justly.
My first impression on this season 2017 is that it seems to me that one can hope for more perfumes on these inzatsu type cultivars than last year when many were disappointing. I’m looking forward to see the Sôfû from Tamakawa!
By the way, the Shincha Kondô-wase cultivar from Osaka 小坂 (not Ôsaka 大阪 !!) in the Suruga ward of Shizuoka, is now available.