Now is the Time to Try Shincha, Japan’s Most Elusive Green Tea

May 28, 2015

Shincha, a rare Japanese green tea, is in season now.

There’s good reason why shincha— a scarce and seasonal Japanese green tea available annually for just a couple weeks—is so in demand this time of year. This first-harvest sencha tea is one of the year’s prime pleasures thanks to its earthy, vegetal richness that drinks sweet and smooth. But the tea is also extremely rare. Shincha, meaning “new tea,” is not just the first-to-cup Japanese tea of the season: it’s around for the shortest time, too. This year’s shincha, harvested at first new bud in April, has recently arrived on…