Fukamushi Superior Sencha
these lovely thousand islands of green are the steeping bits of fukamushicha. sencha that is “deeply steamed” meaning longer than the one minute that is typical of senchas during it’s processing. this Superior version has also been shaded for a week, somewhat like matcha, which softens the green edges and draws forth the umami and sweetness. while i’ve not been able to find the tea on their website, the shop of Japanese antiques and crafts it comes from in NYC, Makari, is more than worth a visit, and you can call to order wares and tea on line.
a little internet search may yield very different results for “how to brew sencha.” no surprise as sencha is like all of tea — the particularity of cultivar, place, process, and even time — invites attention to the tea to draw out just the right expression for the other great variable: your own taste. that also means patience. next week, i’ll share about a proper senchado — the way of sencha — and if you’re not so patient, you can try steeping 4g/150ml @ 74C for 90 seconds. longer for umami. hotter for bright bite.