I must thank Kyle Whittington for sending me this tea from Postcard Teas.
Hijiri means “a priest of high virtue”. The tea comes from Aichi prefecture and is cultivated at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, without the use of pesticides.
I was feeling a little curious, so I managed to track the supplier of this tea. It’s a company called Omoteyaen.
Indeed, they haven’t used any pesticides since 1978, and only the leaves of the first flush are harvested each year.
Doesn’t it sound like a great tea already?
On with the tasting
The leaves are dark and tightly rolled. Some of them have a shine that reminds me of gyokuro leaves. They have a slightly sweet aroma.
I used water at 80ºC (176ºC) and infused one teaspoon of tea leaves for one minute.
The liquor is greenish yellow, and it has a fresh smell. Nothing outside the norm.
While tasting it, I thought it was a very mellow, delicate taste. The astringency and bitterness are much lighter than the average sencha, even the umami flavor of high-grade sencha is barely noticeable.
I then made another infusion and it was very much alike.
Hijiri Sencha is a green tea with character, I can’t think of many other teas that have a similar taste.