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Kyoto Oishita Chaen 2013

A pleasure to present some spring 2013 pictures taken at the organic Oishita Chaen plantations in Kyoto where our most prized organic tencha is produced. All very highly graded tencha which we feel very honored to be able to offer to our customers directly from the grower himself.

The images below were taken around the beginning of April at three of the grower’s small Oishita Chaen plantations containing a different cultivar in each. Notably, Saemidori, Sakimdori, and Yamanoibuki. The grower has a number of small plantations and grows a number of cultivars, but these ones are the first to bud.

Btw, we hope to include all of these cultivars in our shincha matcha pre-order offering that we will hopefully start on the 1st of May.

First Saemidori Oishita-Chaen…

Saemidori is one of the early budding cultivars, so you can see the buds and new leaves are already progressing nicely. The leaves that are hand picked from here are made into what is currently the grower’s highest grade organic tencha.

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Next, Sakimidori Oishita-Chaen…

The grower tells us this is perhaps the greenest of all the cultivars that he currently cares for and has a specific fragrance which is unique to the cultivar. In the first image you can just see the Tana coverage which appears to be in the first stage of shading…

Sakimidori Cultivar

Sakimidori Cultivar

Sakimidori Cultivar

Sakimidori Cultivar

Last, Yamanoibuki Oishita-Chaen…

This cultivar is very rare for tencha production in Kyoto at present. It’s a breed that was originally released in Shizuoka. However, the grower adopted it in Kyoto and is now making very good quality organic tencha from this breed.

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Yamanoibuki Cultivar

Other cultivars we hope to have available in our pre-order shincha matcha offering are Asahi, Goko (sometimes spelled Gokoh or Gokou), and Samidori (not to be confused with Saemidori) which are the more traditional breeds used in tencha production in Kyoto. They are all from the grower’s true Oishita-Chaen plantations where all tea leaves are hand picked from tea bushes kept in the traditional Shizen Shitate style. All organic of course!

Here’s hoping for a successful harvest in Kyoto at our grower’s plantations, and we hope that our customers will continue to support these authentically produced organic matcha!

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.