Since I've already fulfilled all of the numerous duties I had this month, I can finally enjoy free time with all of its pleasant advantages – in my case, this means I have much more time for proper enjoyment of tea and for this blog.
This Shincha arrived from Zencha almost two weeks ago, as I've ordered it few days after enjoying their highest grade of Shizuoka Fukamushicha, Fuji the Ultimate. Ordering again, I kept in mind that this time, I want to try something much simpler from their offering, something fresh to drink often and in large quantities as the spring is quickly changing to summer outside. Therefore, I've chosen the lowest grade of their Shizuoka Shincha offering, called Fuji Superior and was looking forward to seeing what does Zencha offer for the modest price.
Compared to this year's Fuji the Ultimate, this Shincha expectably has much more straightforward, sharp and simple smell, less sweet and more vegetal – just as I would expect from nice fresh example of this grade of daily Fukamushicha. The leaves are also a bit less shiny and uniform, yet still seem quite nice and, most importantly, lively and fresh.
Brewed with quite hot water, the first infusion is bright green in color, transparent and has a gentle, more subtle smell than the dry leaves. In terms of taste, this tea corresponds with its scent very well, being round, quite simple and refreshing, or, in one word, once again literally green. This is exactly what I fancy the most about Shincha and am looking forward to every spring – the chance to really taste liquid, concentrated natural greenness, which can be found exclusively in form of Shincha. The aftertaste of this brew is somehow dry and sharp, yet still cooling and refreshing, lacking most of the typically sweet, noble notes – in case of this tea, after all, these aren't the tones to search for.
The second infusion is poured right as the water touches the leaves, resulting in much more opaque, vivid-green brew with slight astringency in taste, similar to that of young, just picked fruit. The taste is still very straightforward and simple, though not inevitably flat, preventing the tea from being boring. The following aftertaste is longest of all infusions, filling the mouth with pleasant, mild astringency and simple freshness.
The third and fourth infusions are very much alike – yellowish green in color, opaque and humbly simple in taste, now with predominantly dry notes and, especially in the fourth infusion, also a typical sharp woodsiness.
Fuji Superior is a nice, fairly inexpensive daily Fukamushi Shincha and I've been enjoying it in that manner for the past week and something. Finally, I'm glad I found some time to play with it a little bit today, confirming the opinion that even though there isn't much specialness to discover in this tea, it's exactly the humble, unpretentious simplicity which makes it worth drinking.