Before the main tea season gets into full gear, master tea makers prepare for tea contests later in the year. They gather the best young tea leaves by hand so that they retain the great qualities of amino acids and the highest amount of EGCG antioxidants. These are carefully processed and then stored until the contest in September. This one did very well, and that is why it is called Master's Mark. It is an honor to offer this special sencha.
The Japanese palate is subtle. Senchas have many similar flavor characteristics as steamed vegetables, but there can be significant differences. Master's Mark Sencha is desired by knowledgeable Japanese tea drinkers because of the mixture of delicate sweetness with hints of the pronounced vegetal flavors found in teas that come from Wazuka Valley.