A truly remarkable lightly oxidized kamairi-style Japanese oolong tea grown organically in very limited amounts in the mountains of Gokase Town, Miyazaki on Kyushu Island, one of the traditional pan-firing tea producing areas of Japan!
Each year, only a very limited amount of this choice tea is produced during the first spring harvest with an extreme amount of care and attention to quality. Two very specific cultivars of Japanese tea bushes, known as Takachiho and Minami Sayaka, are harvested to make it. Both of which have proven to be very suitable for the production of this lightly oxidized Japanese oolong tea.
Being lightly oxidized and also pan-fired with care, the curly leaves maintain much of their green appearance, the liquor turns out a strong clear yellow, and the taste retains much of it's fresh lively appeal without any roasted notes.
The most notable and amazing aspect of this oolong is its extraordinary floral fragrance which is incredibly gardenia-like (Kuchinashi in Japanese), hence the name of this Japanese oolong tea is Kuchinashi. If you are familiar with fragrances of flowers such as gardenia you'll not fail to notice the resemblance. The fragrance is accompanied by a wonderful refreshing fragrant taste that spreads gently throughout the mouth.
Credits: The amazing artistry on the packet's label is done by a Japanese Etegami artist and good friend of Yuuki-Cha staff. On this particular packet the picture is of two gardenia flowers which is reference to the amazing gardenia-like aroma of this wonderful Japanese oolong tea.
|Origin||Gokase Town, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan|
|Harvest Date||June 2014|
|Cultivar(s)||Takachiho & Minami Sayaka|