Temomi green tea leaves

Sugimoto America Temomi Shin Cha

Country of Origin:  Japan
Leaf Appearance: dark shade of green, needle-like
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 100 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: very pale greenish gold

Harvesting and manufacturing by machine is the industry standard for Japanese teas. There are many reasons for this but as a result, the art of making tea by hand is a dying art. Temomi (hand-rolled sencha green tea) is rare because it is time-consuming to produce. Small clubs throughout Japan work to create small batches each spring.

I have never tried a temomisencha so I asked Twitter for recommendations. Ricardo from My Japanese Green Tea directed me to Sugimoto America and I am so glad that he did. They are now sold out but this tea is too special to not share it with you all.

At $20 for 10g of leaves, it is definitely on the pricey side. The folks from Sugimoto America included a sweet handwritten note and several thoughtfully selected samples with my order. Little touches like that really make a company stand out from the crowd.


The dry leaf of this tea was unlike any Japanese tea that I have ever seen. They were so long and spindly that they were a bit hard to handle. The individual needles had a lovely sheen and were impressively intact. I originally wanted to use my tiny houhin but settled on a kyusu since the opening is much wider.


This tea brewed up incredibly pale. It had a slight greenish tinge to it but otherwise, it was almost clear. My kyusu was filled with a fresh, vegetal aroma. I couldn’t help but inhale deeply as the tea was brewing. The first infusion started out airy and light with a lot of sweetness. This transitioned to notes of honeydew melon with plenty of umami. It was much less vegetal than I would usually expect from a Japanese green tea.

It is too bad that I didn’t have my new camera yet when I drank this tea because the unfurled leaves were unbelievably beautiful. I definitely see myself ordering temomi shin cha again, perhaps as an annual special treat.

Temomi Shin Cha purchased from Sugimoto America.

Temomi tea leaves
Green tea leaves in a brown kyusu
Temomi sencha tea leaves in a kyusus
Four green tea leaves

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.