Sencha Akaike (Organic)
$17.00 – $117.65
Country of Origin: Japan
Region: Fukuoka Prefecture
Altitude: 450m – 1350m Above Sea Level
Manufacture Type: Steamed Green Tea
Cup Characteristics: A medium bodied Sencha that tends lightly vegetative with hints of cut grass. Known to be high in polyphenols.
Infusion: Avocado like green with brightness.
Ingredients: premium Japan green tea
Description: Many people around the world are now familiar with green tea’s high polyphenol levels, catechins and anti-oxidants and the numerous ways they help the body.
Recent scientific evidence appears to show green teas can even help fight certain cancers, strengthen bones and teeth and increase longevity. But how many people know that green tea was a beverage favoured by Minagawa Yone of Akaike, Fukuoka, Japan? Probably not many, right? Well, between January 29, 2007 and August 13, 2007, Minagawa Yone was the worlds oldest living person. Classified as a supercentenarian, Minagawa reached the ripe old age of 114. We can’t make the claim that it was the Sencha alone that kept her going, certainly a combination of diet, good genes and a healthy dose of luck also came into play, but the tea certainly didn’t hurt.
Now, in the great universal warehouse of things that are good for you, there aren’t many items that can claim to be as delicious as a freshly brewed cup of grassy green Akaike Sencha. (Seriously, compare it to a spoonful of cod liver oil if you don’t believe us).
This would explain why it wouldn’t have been such a burden for Minagawa to drink it throughout her long life. Top quality Sencha’s like this offer a light richness that can’t be found with other teas. Considered a good tea for everyday drinkingby the Japanese, Sencha Akaike offers long notes of wheat, clover honey, sweet grass and subtle seaweed. The cup pairs exceptionally well with foods of all sorts, it makes an exceptional palate between courses and interestingly, makes a great companion to peanut butter sandwiches. (We’re talking an all natural organic peanut butter on crusty artisanal bread here – astringency cuts through the nutty flavour like a hot knife through….well…the other sort of butter).
Food use suggestions: Green tea adds subtle flavour to your dishes. Incorporating green tea in your cooking is an easy method. You can just grab some loose tea, put it into a tea brew filter and throw it into the water while steaming vegetables. Also you can use green as a spice while stir-frying. To do this, add dry tea leaves to the heated oil while frying.
Cooking rice with green tea makes a lovely dish.Green tea can be used in cakes, cookies, ice cream, pudding, smoothies and shakes.
Hot Tea Brewing Method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly – about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 90ºC. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on and so on – until the flavour of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked.
Alternatively, as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling fresh water (i.e. 90ºC), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed straight up.
Iced Tea Brewing Method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot. Pour 1¼ cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
(A rule of thumb when preparing brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water).
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