When our grower first sent us this Kamairicha to sample it was instantly something that caught our attention. Firstly, because we can honestly say we had never come across this particular cultivar before, and secondly because when we brewed it we were intrigued by how amazingly savory the aroma and the taste was!
After some discussion with the grower and some research into this breed we found that it is in fact a cultivar that was developed specifically for Kamairicha, so needless to say it's a pretty difficult-to-come-by cultivar, and is only really cultivated by specialist growers in Miyazaki and a few other growers elsewhere.
It's an exceptionally fine Kamairicha offering a very distinctive aroma and taste with a deliciously savory mouthfeel. If it's something totally different you want to try, or you are a Japanese tea aficionado looking to further your knowledge of Japanese tea cultivars, this is an absolute must!
Tea Garden Images...
The top of the tea garden reveals an exceptional view with the famous Mount. Aso clearly visible in the distances. This part of the tea garden contains the most precious tea bushes growing at about 700m which is the perfect height for Japanese cultivars to produce the highest quality green tea. There is no need for pesticides or taste-manipulating chemical fertilizers growing tea bushes small-scale in primly place tea gardens like this. They naturally produce high quality green tea with exceptionally high quality taste.
This is the view looking down from the top area of the organic tea garden which reveals many small plantations located at slightly varying altitudes and containing various cultivars. The tea gardens are surrounded by forests in a secluded area and are tremendously well cared for by the grower.
|Origin||Gokase Town, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan|
|Harvest Date||May 2016|
|Harvest Period||100% Ichibancha (First Harvest)|
|Cultivar(s) Info.||Minekaori is a variety that was developed in Miyazaki with the cultivation of Kamairicha in mind. It's therefore classed as a pretty specialized Kamairicha cultivar and is not extensively cultivated in Japan at all, never mass-produced, and is not even very adaptable to other types of green tea. The rare Kamairicha teas that are produced from this cultivar are particularly renowned for their excellent savory aromas and good quality of taste.|