Kamairicha – Sakimidori 2012

Pan-fired Kamairicha green tea loveliness, 2012 Sakimidori to be exact, which is quite a newly registered cultivar in Japan as it was only registered in Miyazaki in 1997. It was developed partly from native Miyazaki zairai tea bushes. If you’ve studied about zairai tea bushes you know the score!

Let’s take a look at this kamairicha…

The leaves are a lovely shade of green and have an appearance of being impeccably dried by the grower. A sign of excellent production, and usually beneficial in terms of storing and aging of the leaves…

Sakimidori Dry Leaves.

Sakimidori Dry Leaves.

When added to a pre-heated kyusu these leaves let off a sweet slightly floral “Kama Kaori” (Kama Kaori, a term that refers to the delightful subtle roasted aroma from pan-firing). These aromas are a delight, not overemphasized, overstated, or superficial, rather virtuously natural and authentic.

Kamairicha leaves are quite the show off when water is poured over them in the kyusu. They will put on a nice little show before they start to unfurl. Many of them will rise and float just below the surface of the water, jig around a little bit, jostle for position, and then pose to show off their beautiful vivid shades of green. A visual delight…

Sakimidori leaves just starting to brew up. Yet to unfurl, looking so fresh and vividly green.

Sakimidori leaves just starting to brew up. Yet to unfurl, looking so fresh and vividly green.

Brewed Kamairicha of a top quality nature always has a praiseworthy clear bright shiny yellow liquor color sometimes with a slight green hue. The taste of this particular kamairicha is a combination of sublime natural tingly sweetness, slightly floral, and lots of aftertaste. A totally meritorious flavor profile…

Sakimidori first infusion.

Sakimidori first infusion.

The curly leaves haven’t completely unfurled after the first steep which causes them to take on a kind of adorable frilly appearance…

Sakimidori frilly leaves.

Sakimidori frilly leaves.

Second steep at a higher water temperature than the first really brings out a very bright liquor color…

Sakimidori bright liquor!

Sakimidori bright liquor!

A few steeps later and the leaves have fully opened up. A total contrast to the small curled up dry leaves…

sakimidori a few infusions later.

sakimidori a few infusions later.

Sakimidori leaves displayed…

Beautiful Sakimidori Kamairicha leaves!

Beautiful Sakimidori Kamairicha leaves!

This kamairicha will be available over in the Yuuki-Cha store in our Organic Kamairicha category hopefully throughout this year.

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