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Japanese Black Tea From Kakegawa

Japanese Black Tea

Kakegawa black tea brewed in a Tochiri Banko-Yaki Teapot.

Coming to the end of October and creeping into the winter months, the good people at Yuuki-Cha are happy to introduce three all new organic Japanese Black Tea from Kakegawa!

Currently, we have the specialized organic black teas from Makurazaki that are handpicked only once a year in Spring from tea varietals that were bred in Japan specifically for black tea such as Hatsumomiji, Benihikari, and the award winning Benifuki, but also in Japan organic tea growers will often utilizing Spring or Summer harvest leaf of Japanese tea varietals that are commonly used to make green tea for making black tea, too, and when done with good intentions, the results can be excellent!

One organic tea grower we came across in Kakegawa which is a famous tea region of Shizuoka has been very successful at the above mentioned method, so much so, that he has been awarded gold prizes for all three of his Summer harvest black teas in the Japanese world tea competition 2010. That on top of the fact that after tasting them and finding them all delicious we couldn’t really resist to not release them!

The three tea varietals the grower uses to make these are the famous Yabukita breed, the well-revered Saemidori breed, and Yama No Ibuki (meaning mountain breath, life and vitality). Genuine 100% non-blended, direct from the grower, and sincere with your taste buds means you can enjoy and savor the unique taste and aroma of each varietal without any confusion!

Available individually or in a 3 pack over in our Japanese Black Tea category. Buy the 3 pack and save $2:

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea Saemidori

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea Saemidori

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea Yama No Ibuki

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea Yama No Ibuki

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea Yabukita

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea Yabukita

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea 3 Pack

Organic Kakegawa Black Tea 3 Pack

Hime Fuki Does It Again!

The 2010 Great Taste Awards results are in and…

2010 Great Taste Awards One Star Gold Award

2010 Great Taste Awards One Star Gold Award

Hime Fuki does it again! Last year, the grower who makes Hime Fuki down in Makurazaki, which is in Kagoshima Prefecture, took the Great Taste Awards in the UK by storm by winning the very prestigious three star gold award for Hime Fuki (the first and only tea grower in Japan to ever achieve such accolades). This year, he managed to continue the legacy by gaining the one star gold award which we think to be a great achievement, and one we are most happy to hear about.

A standing ovation please, here it is, the double award winner Hime Fuki:

Hime Fuki

2010 Hime Fuki

Not familiar with the Great Taste Awards? Well, what can we say, to gain an award at the great taste awards is considered the pinnacle by many in the specialty food and drink industry!

So hurry folks! We only have limited stocks of Hime Fuki this harvest year, not because we are drinking all of it (although we’d like to), but because it is genuinely only made in very small quantities, so if you’d like to try 2010 harvest Hime Fuki, don’t forget to put it in your shopping cart before everybody else does! If it does happen to sell out before you are able to purchase it, not to worry! As you are very welcome to ponder over our other organic black teas which are just lovely, too and not quite so limited. All found in our Japanese Black Tea category over at Yuuki-Cha.