Hashiri Shincha
Yabukita P. Free

Super Premium 96 P.

The very first shincha of the year 2023. Grown without the use of plant protection products on the southern Pacific island of Tanegashima, Japan. Yabukita cultivar, sourced directly from Eiichi Matsushita. 80g
Character Harmonious, balanced, sweet, vegetal, with a silky umami: vitalising and powerful
Tea Garden Mr. Eiichi Matsushita
Terroir Banyamine, Tanegashima, Kagoshima, Japan
Harvest 1st harvest (ichibancha): April 11th, 2023
Cultivar Yabukita
Elevation 223m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi, 30 seconds)
Shading No shading necessary due to weather conditions
Organic Cert. Cultivated without the use of plant protection products
Laboratory Tests Radioactivity (region as of 04/2022)
Awards Farmer awarded 2nd place in the Seicha Kyoshinkai Contest in 2008 (aracha tea category)
Grade 96/100 p. (shincha category); Super Premium



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€186.25 / 1kg
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Tea Farm

Mr. Eiichi Matsushita 松下栄市 is a passionate tea farmer operating the tea farm in its 4th generation. When steaming and processing the tea, Mr. Matsushita himself stands at the machine to monitor the process. The family resettled from Shizuoka to Banyamine, Tanegashima in 1909 and brought their tea-making expertise with them. Mr. Matsushita has served as the president of the Tanegashima Arasha Factory Association for 12 years. His tea fields are located in the best green tea terroir of Tanegashima.



This extremely strong, fresh sencha benefits from the popular Yabukita cultivar's particularly harmonious and straightforward character. The end result is a very vitalising tea with silky, full umami and a sweet fruitiness, complemented by refreshing grassy notes.


Juicy, dark green needles


Vibrant green yellow

Shincha 2023

Shincha is prepared like sencha and is made from the first green tea harvest of the year. This tea is also known as spring tea or air-freighted tea. Shincha is an especially rare quality of tea that on account of its intense freshness and pronounced aroma is cherished by many as the most exquisite of all harvests.

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Cultivation & Processing

The tea farm is located in the north of the picturesque Tanegashima Island, about 115km south of Kagoshima City. The warm, subtropical climate and the fresh sea breeze, which carries minerals and morning fog to the farm, ensure an ideal climate for the cultivation of early growing shincha cultivars. The tea field is perched at 223m elevation in the highest part of Banyamine, which is considered the top terroir on Tanegashima.

The tea farmer uses as few pesticides as possible. For the 1st and 2nd harvests (ichibancha and nibancha), no pesticides are used. The tea is only briefly steamed (asamushi) to best bring out the refreshing and slightly milky-sweet flavour of the tea.

Single Origin

This tea is sourced exclusively from the above-mentioned tea plantation in Tanegashima and is purchased directly from the farmer.


Brewing Guide

2 heaped teaspoons per 100–300ml water (55–60°C). Steep for 2 minutes.

Suitable for up to 6 infusions:

1.   60°C, 60 sec.

2.   65°C, 15 sec.

3.   60°C, 20 sec.

4.   60°C, 20 sec.

5.   60°C, 15 sec.

6.   60°C, 10 sec.


High-quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

A high-quality violet Banko kyusu with a fine ceramic strainer best enhances the aromas, flavour complexity, body and umami of this shincha. On the other hand, a classic black Tokoname kyusu would be ideal for emphasising the fresh sencha grassiness of this very umami-rich tea.

Recommended Storage

A high-quality tea caddy made of cherry bark (solid wood, kabazaiku chazutsu) is ideal, though any airtight tea caddy with internal coating will suffice.

Laboratory Tests

The purity of our formulas is important to us. This is why we have both our raw ingredients as well as our finished products extensively tested by independent laboratories to confirm purity and active ingredient content. Here, we have provided the results of some of the tests carried out on this product.

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