This organic Kamairicha hails from Gokase Town in Miyazaki and is made from a limited select batch of highly-prized first harvest Okumidori leaves.
The infused tea has an excellent clear yellow color that when smelt closely can give an appetizing and mouthwatering sensation. It's a predominately sweet tea with a mouthfeel that is nothing short of succulent, almost fruity, and has a taste that is lively and invigorating. It really offers an excellent all-round drinking experience and would make a good choice for a tea connoisseur or experienced tea drinker to explore. The easily approachable taste also makes it a good option for somebody that has an interest to try a high quality Kamairicha for the first time, too.
We must say that we are very happy to present this rare offering and being a breed that often ages very well, we expect later batches of this tea to become mellower, yet enriched!
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 2015|
|Harvest Period||100% Ichibancha (First Harvest)|
|Cultivar(s) Info.||The Okumidori cultivar is a cross between Yabukita and a Shizuoka Zairai (native) breed that was registered in 1974. It was introduced to growers as a high quality late maturing cultivar that could be cultivated for the production of high quality tea well into the growing season. The leaf is noted for its exceptional deep green color and the aroma, liquor color, and taste are all noted as being excellent.|
|Water Temperature||1st Infusion: 70°C/158°F
2nd Infusion: 75°C/167°F
3rd+ Infusion: Hotter Water
|Infusion Time||1st Infusion: 75-90 seconds
2nd Infusion: 30 seconds
3rd+ Infusion: Longer Steeps