Beneath the delicate glaze, the density of this clay makes it ideal for serving high temperature teas.
Sencha Yame Shun
This is a unique lot of Japanese green tea was carefully plucked and processed on the island of Kyushu, in the Yame prefecture of Fukuoka. The expertise of this new producer has made this year's Sencha a favourite of the team.
The dark green of the leaves, the depth of the vegetal notes and the smooth texture that coats the mouth recall the taste of Gyokuro. Smooth and soft, its slightly fruity finish will satisfy the taster in search of finesse.
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Behind these delicate and textured pieces, we discover a new ceramist with a firmly established style.
Unique in Japan in the world of tea, the Gyokuro (Precious Dew) style is the result of a process to create shade for the tea plants for a few weeks. The deprivation of light creates more difficult conditions for the plants whose molecular structure changes to make room for sugars, amino acids and aromatic compounds. The leaves will offer a less bitter liquor.
Three weeks before hand harvesting, shade structures which filter out up to 90% of sunlight are placed over the tea to develop what is commonly called in Japan "the taste of the shadows. The result is a tea weak in tannins, highly complex and aromatic.