We just released Tsukigase Asamomi Sencha as one of our latest Japanese tea lineups. This tea is produced from the complete natural farming garden which no nitrogen fertilizer and no pesticide is used. In Japanese, Asamomi means light rolling. Thanks to the light rolling, this tea can be brewed more times than ordinary Japanese green tea. Besides the multi-brewing character, this tea gives distinctive floral scent thanks to the special production method.
We decided not to make sencha in needle shapeNowadays, it is undoubtedly that the needle-shape has become the standard of Japanese green tea. Everyone seems to take the needle shape of Japanese green tea for granted. Every Japanese tea manufacturers try very hard always roll tea leaves into needle shape. In fact, the shape of tea is not related to the taste or flavor of tea. Ironically, the intensive rolling to make tea into the needle shape resulted in tea becomes less lasting in brewing. When brewing Japanese green tea, the 1st brewing tends to be very thick, yet the subsequent brewing often becomes very light. Due to very intensive rolling, the cell of tea leaf was effectively mercerized and the tea constituents were extracted faster. In other words, we can make Japanese green tea lasts more brewing if we minimize the rolling and swiftly dry the tealeaf right after the steaming process.
Lightly-rolled tea gives fresh floral flavorFor rolling tea leaf into needle shape, it undergoes a few steps of rolling process:
- Preliminary rolling
- Intermediate rolling
- Final Rolling