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A Parcel From Kyoto!

Got a rather big parcel from Kyoto a couple of days ago. Actually it’s four parcels taped together:

A Parcel From Kyoto

A Parcel From Kyoto

The contents is not a bear as one of our Facebook fans suggested, although we do quite like bears, we can safely say that we have not investing in one just yet. We have instead invested in four different cultivars of Japanese tea plants!

Four Japanese Tea Plants

Four Japanese Tea Plants

From left to right the cultivars are saemidori, sayamakaori, okumidori, and meiryoku. All labeled up nicely, so we know which one is which.

Very happy to get these! I bet the tea bushes feel very happy too, being in the hands of such amateur tea farmers as us! Anyway, here’s some images of each cultivar. All of them have new spring growth on them.

This is Saemidori which is nice and green and has lovely new growth…

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Close-up

Saemidori Close-up

This is Sayamakaori which seems to have very upright new growth…

Sayamakaori Cultivar

Sayamakaori Cultivar

Sayamakaori Close-up

Sayamakaori Close-up

This is Okumidori which is usually a late budding breed (oku breeds are late), but has nice new growth showing anyway…

Okumidori Cultivar

Okumidori Cultivar

Okumidori Close-up

Okumidori Close-up

This is Meiryoku which seems the most unique looking of them all. A hairy bud just showing on the close up image…

Meiryoku Cultivar

Meiryoku Cultivar

Meiryoku Close-up

Meiryoku Close-up

We plan to try to put these in the ground pretty soon and see how they go. If (that’s a big if) successful we might invest in some more cultivars. Perhaps we might even make a little tea for ourselves as long as we don’t cause them to perish before we get the chance to.

Fascinating Yakushima Shincha 2013

Organic Yakushima Shincha 2013!

Organic Yakushima Shincha 2013!

Every year since memory serves we have really enjoyed shincha from an organic plantation in Yakushima Island and every year we never quite seem to get around to contacting the grower to ask about the availability of his tea. This year however we did, and we are happy to say he was keen for us to purvey his tea for him to our customers.

If you don’t know Yakushima Island it’s time to get to know! It’s on the UNESCO World Heritage list, located south of Kyushu Island under the southernmost tip of Kagoshima. It’s very famous for its protected ancient forests (Jomon Sugi). For more information about Yakushima go here.

As far as we know there is only this grower, and perhaps one other grower, making certified organic tea on Yakushima Island. This grower has a small plantation on the east side of Yakushima where he is cultivating various cultivars of tea bushes. One of the most interesting is Kuritawase cultivar which is the main cultivar used in this shincha along with Yabukita.

The natural fragrance of Kuritawase cultivar is very distinct (exotic springs to mind). The grower has done justice to it by leaving it totally intact and not doing excessive roasting on the leaves during the final stage of processing. Hence, the aromatics of this shincha are really wonderful during shincha season.

It’s futsumushi which means it’s been normal steamed, a far cry from the deep steamed teas of most of mainland Kagoshima. If we had to say it reminds us of something from there then perhaps it’s a little reminiscent of some of the organic lighter steamed teas that come from the elevated areas of the Kirishima region.

Dried leaf is, as mentioned above, exotic and highly fragrant. The leaves are small yet intact. No real dust in the packet.

Dry Leaf

Dry Leaf

Prepared pitcher style for full viewing pleasure. One of the nicest ways to enjoy shincha!

2013 Organic Yakushima Shincha

2013 Organic Yakushima Shincha

Aroma, totally in the tropics! Taste is full and strong on the palate, not sweet, but strongly fragrant with clean astringency that gives a lasting impression in the mouth. It’s an exotic taste. Color of the liquor is pretty clear yellow-green, yet mainly yellow under most lighting conditions.

Tea liquor

Tea liquor

Infused Tea Leaves

Infused Tea Leaves

Second Infusion

Second Infusion

Tea leaves Brewing

Tea leaves Brewing

Organic Yakushima Shincha 2013!

Organic Yakushima Shincha 2013!

Leaf Display

Leaf Display

This organic shincha is not like any other that we regularly drink and is wonderfully priced. It’s now in stock at our store and is our very first shincha of 2013 available for shipping! It’s available in very limited amounts here: 2013 Organic Yakushima Shincha

Organic Spring Bancha

The first taste of Spring 2011 arrived earlier this week! However, not a Shincha, it’s Organic Miyazaki Haru Bancha. It’s made from mature winter leaves (not Spring buds) that are harvested at the end of March. A pan-fired tea, not steamed, with a very distinctive fresh Spring aroma:

Organic Miyazaki Haru Bancha

Organic Miyazaki Haru Bancha

An easy brewer that steeps well at any temperature between 80°C/176°F – 95°C/203°F. To bring out more of that wonderful fresh Spring aroma use a higher water temperature!

Matcha Tins New Arrivals

Now that a number of our matcha come in excellent new stand-up resealable pouches we no longer offer them supplied with a tin. Therefore, for those still in need or want of a tin for their matcha, we  have added three small ones to our selection of Matcha Tins! They are available individually or as a set of 3, are made of stainless steel, come with plastic inner lids, and will hold approximately 40g/1.41oz of matcha green tea powder:

New Matcha Tins (Set of 3)

New Matcha Tins (Set of 3)

You can also use these to store any other small amounts of loose leaf tea and are practical enough to take on a trip or to work. Please, use as you wish!

Matcha Packaging Update

Today, Yuuki-Cha has rolled out some new practical, stand-up resealable pouch packaging for three of our matcha green teas and are now delivering even more value on them! Here’s the run down:

Yuuki Midori 40 gram green tin @ $25 has been replaced by a 50 gram resealable pouch @ $20! You save $5 and get 10 grams extra! WOW!

Yuuki Konjo 40 gram blue tin @ $14 has been replaced by a 50 gram resealable pouch @ $12! You save $2 and get 10 grams extra! WOW!

Yame Matcha 40 gram black tin @ $20 has been replaced by a 50 gram resealable pouch @ $16! You save $4 and get 10 grams extra! WOW!

The new packaging:

Yuuki Midori in new practical stand-up resealable pouch!

Yuuki Midori in new practical stand-up resealable pouch!

In addition, our 100 gram packets have been discontinued because they are matched in price by the new 50g pouches, so if you were a customer of them, we kindly ask you to now enjoy the improved 50 gram resealable stand-up pouches!

We hope our customers will enjoy these excellent new pouches and added value!