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Model:  AsamushiJapanSencha
Brand:  Tea Paradise

Year: 2017

Prefecture: Kagoshima

Styl: Asamushi

Cultivar: Yabukita

Flavour: Umami

Infusjon: Greenish golden

Japanese green tea Sencha (Shincha) is the most popular tea of the Land of the Rising Sun, representing about 80 percent of the tea produced in Japan. Shincha "new tea", represents the first month's harvest of sencha, "the first-picked tea". Use of the term "Shincha" makes emphatically clear that this tea is the year's earliest, the first tea of the season. Besides the fresh aroma of the young leaves, Shincha is characterised by its relatively low content of bitter catechin and caffeine, and relatively high content of amino acid. The shincha season, depending upon the region of the plantation, is from early April to late May, specifically the 88th day after Setsubun traditionally considered the start of spring in Japan. Setsubun or Risshun is the beginning of the sexagenary cycle; therefore, by drinking Sencha one can enjoy a year of good health.

The tea production process by which Sencha (and other Japanese green tea are created) differs from Chinese green teas, which are initially pan-fired. Japanese green tea is first steamed for between 15–20 seconds to prevent oxidisation of the leaves. Then, the leaves are rolled, shaped, and dried. This step creates the customary thin cylindrical shape of the tea. It is prized for its high vitamin content and grassy flavour (some taste seaweed-like) with resinous aroma and minimal astringency. This unique, vegetable, salty flavour defined by some "umami" tea. The initial steaming step imparts a difference in the flavour between Chinese and Japanese green tea, with Japanese green tea having a more vegetal, almost grassy flavour (some taste seaweed-like). Infusions from sencha and other green teas that are steamed (like most common Japanese green teas) are also greener in colour and slightly more bitter than Chinese-style green teas.

Depending upon the temperature of the water in which it is decocted, the flavour will be different, adding to the appeal of Sencha. With relatively low temperate water, it is relatively mellow; with hot water, it is more astringent.

The Sencha green tea is made from top parts of the tea leaf as well as the tea buds. The green tea leaves and tea buds are processed as a whole. There are a lot of health benefits that the Sencha green tea has to offer. Basically, the health benefits of green teas like the Sencha green tea is derived from the high amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants that the tea contains. The polyphenols in the Sencha green tea can also help increase the rate of metabolism. Thus, this can help the body effectively burn fat. In fact, many weight watchers have acknowledged the positive effects of the Sencha green tea in effectively controlling or losing weight. The antioxidants and the polyphenols are helpful in neutralizing the harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals are responsible for the development of heart diseases, cancer, and the signs and symptoms of aging.

The Sencha green tea is known to be beneficial in the prevention of the coronary artery diseases and atherosclerosis. This can also help lower the cholesterol levels and increase the levels of good HDL. It has been believed that the Sencha green tea can stop the absorption of cholesterol in the body. This can also help the body get rid of excessive cholesterol. Moreover, Sencha green tea can also help with the prevention of cancer, promotes skin care, and prevents the onset of ageing.

Ingredients: 100% Green Japanese Asamushi Sencha tea.

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