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88th Night

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This fine Japanese shincha (first-flush tea) is poetically harvested 88 nights after the Japanese Lunar New Year. The special care with which this tea is cultivated, hand-picked, and skillfully processed by tea masters that are second to none. This high-end sencha is also known as Hachijyu-Hachiya.


Distinctive cherry blossom scent, sweet notes of cured hay, rich umami flavor

Health Benefits: 

Antioxidants:Rich in antioxidants that may aid in overall well-being, fighting free radicals, and promoting skin health.*

Weight Management: may boost metabolism, potentially aiding in weight management.*

Heart Health Support: Regular consumption might support heart health by improving cholesterol levels.*

Mental Clarity: The combination of caffeine and L-theanine may enhance focus and mental clarity.*

Cancer Prevention: Some studies have linked green tea consumption to a lower risk of certain types of cancer, though more research is needed.* 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your healthcare practitioner before adding new products to your diet, especially if you have any existing health conditions or are taking medication.

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Steeping Guide
2 tsp
2 min
per 8 oz. water

Tasting Notes:

This fine Japanese shincha (first-flush tea) is poetically harvested 88 nights after the Japanese Lunar New Year. The special care with which this tea is cultivated, hand-picked, and skillfully processed by tea masters is second to none. Also known as Hachijyu-Hachiya, this 100% Okumidori cultivar (meaning "Deep Green") has a distinctive cherry blossom scent, sweet vanilla notes of cured hay, and deep rich umami flavor. This year’s highly anticipated selection is from the Kirishima area of Kagoshima prefecture on the southwestern island of Kyushu, Japan.


  • Japanese shincha (first-flush spring green tea)
  • Origin: Kagoshima on Kyushu Island, Japan
  • Sample ~ 5 servings
  • 1/4 LB ~ 50 servings
  • Lifestyle-Friendly: Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Kosher
  • Caffeine: Medium
  • Certified Kosher by OK Kosher

Ingredients: green tea

Customer Reviews

Based on 38 reviews
Ignore the Bad Reviews 88th night is the Shincha you’ve been searching for

Holy moly, this is an honest to goodness super fresh shincha. If you are a Japanese green tea purist, this is the tea for you. The underlying values of Japanese green tea are freshness, full body, vibrantly green, and preservation of the natural beauty of the tea leaf. This leads to a shorter shelf life as the leaf is less preserved and more fragile to oxidation and going bad. You must consume this tea ASAP or it will go rancid.

It has that grassy sweet fruity aroma upon opening the bag. TheTeaSpot also vacuumed the bag, ensuring the freshness of the tea and preventing oxidation. It’s a very dense heavy tea meaning if you measure by volume you might overdose leading to an overly strong tea.

Flavors: intensely grassy and fresh, seaweed, fully bodied and savory, roasted veggies, umami.

Body: thick almost syrupy (not terribly sweet though) texture

Astringency: Low. Even with a strong dosing it never became astringent or bitter.

Caffeine/Theanine: the theanine and caffeine content seems very high due to the freshness of the tea and gives you that “zen” like caffeine boost.

Unfortunately a lot of the “bad reviews” are uneducated about what a good shincha (freshly picked) tea should taste like. It’s like getting a sporty Maserati and complaining that “it’s too loud”. Just tell TheTeaSpot you don’t like it via email and they’ll replace with a tea suited to your plebeian pallet lol. Shincha is for us phychos that would pluck a leaf from the field and start chewing on it.

The best out there

Ignore any bad reviews of this tea you see...hate to say it, but if they don't like it, it means they didn't brew it correctly. This is the smoothest, most buttery Japanese green tea on the market. I brew it at 160 (no hotter!!!) for a max of 3 minutes. I use probably 3/4 of a tsp for 12 ounces. Make sure your water is filtered! I start my day with this tea every morning. I stock up every time they have it on sale (which is RARE). This is the real deal.


Love this tea


Sweet, buttery, easy drinking. I have this every morning, without fail. It's easy on my stomach. I love the taste, beautiful, authentic shincha.


This is my favorite of the Japanese greens that The Tea Spot offers (and there are a few!). The flavor is a bit sweeter than their Gyokuro, which I prefer. The key to this tea is knowing how to brew it - 160 degrees f and max of 3 minutes. And use GOOD water...always filter your water before putting it in the kettle. 88th night is top of its class, I am thankful for it every time I drink it.

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