Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family
Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family

Moriuchi Collection | 3 Shinchas from the Moriuchi Family

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Experience all three Moriuchi shinchas as a collection. Read more about the Moriuchis here.

SAEMIDORI

‘Saemidori’, an early-budding variety whose name translates to “lucid green,” is affectionately dubbed “Queen of Cultivars” by local makers. Tasting the Moriuchi production, it is not difficult to see why. Lauded for its structure and elegance, the sunbathed, mineral rich slopes of Uchimaki allow the warm-weather cultivar to thrive. Mr. Moriuchi’s shizen jitate 自然仕立てcultivation style allows the bushes to gain some heartiness, particularly where frost and strong winds (young bushes require a windbreak) pose a distinct threat. This Saemidori is an entirely hand picked and hand processed shincha. Bright and clean with low astringency and distinct aroma, the Saemidori is an excellent window into the Moriuchis’ theaculture. Notes of dill, lemon meringue and broccolini.

Region: Uchimaki, Shizuoka, Japan
Steaming: 10s. (Asamushi)
Variety: Saemidori
Harvest Date: April 21, 2022
Producer: Yoshio and Masumi Moriuchi
Brewing Recommendation: 

Single steep.
5g tea | 340ml | 170F | 1 minute 15 seconds

Two steeps. Combined, or enjoyed individually.
5g tea | 170ml | 170F | 1 minute 15 seconds (1st steep)
             | 170ml | 170F |                   15 seconds (2nd steep)

YUME SURUGA

The Dream of Suruga is a poetic homage to the antiquated name for Shizuoka. The tea is a first harvest shincha. ‘Yume Suruga’ was crossed in the eighties from ‘Yabukita’ and the soft-leaved, Gyokuro variety ‘Okuhikari’. It was selected for its color and an enticing natural sweetness and officially registered in 2012. Touting mouth watering umami and savoriness, with melt-in-mouth texture, this is a full-flavor experience and testament to expert soil management of the Moriuchis. Tea trees grow naturally and upright, which puts machine harvesting out of the question. Hand harvesting, virtually extinct in Japan, comes at an opportunity cost of at least 60% loss in yield but to those classicists of Shizuoka, its a risk well-worth taking. Notes of sweet corn, baby asparagus, and nori. 


Region: Uchimaki, Shizuoka, Japan
Steaming: 30s (Chiyomushi)
Variety: Yume Suruga
Harvest Date: April 21, 2022

Producer: Yoshio and Masumi Moriuchi
Brewing Recommendation:  
Two steeps. Combined, or enjoyed individually.
5g tea | 170ml | 170F | 1 minute 15 seconds (1st steep)
          | 170ml | 170F |                     15 seconds (2nd steep)

or 

5g tea | 340ml | 175F | 1 minute 15 seconds

SI JI CHUN

The Si Ji Chun cultivar, traditionally dedicated to oolong production finds new life in the slopes around the Abe river. Unlike most fibrous late-harvests of Si Ji Chun oolong in Taiwan, these tender first-harvest leaves undergo a very careful hand-rolling to maintain integrity. The Moriuchis, in the spirit of international tea cooperation, hosted a delegation from Taiwan some years ago, who brought these seeds with them. In addition, the husband and wife team produces a rolled Bao Zhong oolong from the Koushun cultivar. Both teas are new craft representations and testament to the beauty of cross-cultural tea dialogue. Four Seasons is light-bodied, sweet and heady with floral notes, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Taiwanese oolong whose phenotype it shares—a must-taste for a cross-cultural tea enthusiast. Notes of gardenia, milk fruit, and edamame.


Region: Uchimaki, Shizuoka, Japan
Steaming Profile: 45s (Chiyomushi)
Variety: Si Ji Chun
Harvest Date: April 21, 2022
Producer: Yoshio and Masumi Moriuchi
Brewing Recommendation:  
Two steeps. Combined, or enjoyed individually.
5g tea | 170ml | 170F | 1 minute 15 seconds (1st steep) 
             | 170ml | 170F |                15 seconds (2nd steep)

or 

5g tea | 340ml | 175F | 1 minute 15 seconds
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