This ultra-premium tea is produced by our dear friend and incredible tea producer Mr. Saito. His tea gardens are in Honyama, which many believe to be the area that produces the finest senchas in Shizuoka Prefecture. Saito’s tea fields are located in the mountains near the Warashina River. The environment of these tea fields is pristine and filled with natural beauty, healthy plants, birds, insects and all the good components of a thriving tea garden.
This Sencha is crafted from a blend of the leaf of several tea bush cultivars developed by Saito over the course of many years – and much experimenting. He never stops perfecting his tea until he is happy with the results, and we admire that quality in him. We designed the 2017 version of Saito’s Passion to be similar to what we made in both 2015 & 2016, although we think this 2017 version is the our best collaborative effort yet.
Saito’s Passion is a very delicious treat. It is sweet and round in the mouth, with a buttery, prominent, full, savory, vegetal flavor. The aroma is fresh, crisp, and seductive – and the balance of taste, flavor and aroma is in good harmony. What have we left out of this description?
The leaf has some variation of of color due to the presence of some light green stem. The leaf is very large, long, and more flat than most of Saito’s other teas.
In the cup this Sencha has generous mouth feel -what is known as ‘umami‘ from an abundance of rich amino acids. Overall, it is a Japanese Sencha with a prominent, well-structured flavor and enticing aroma.
Fans of Mr. Saito may recall that he suffered the loss of most of his tea in the spring of 2015 when he had a fire in his warehouse. We received a small first order that year and then nothing else until the following year (last year). Sencha Saito ‘Passion’ is our #1 Sencha choice for someone looking to experience a big flavor Sencha. Before we sold out of it and found out that the rest of his tea was lost in the fire, this was our most popular Sencha in 2015. We are pleased to report that his garden has suffered no long term damage from the warehouse and living quarters fire of two years ago, and he is back to full production. Saito’s tea gardens are thriving, and his tea is as tasty as, or in most cases even better than when Mary Lou first met him in the autumn of 2012.
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