2022 KABUSECHA SAEAKARI GURICHA

2022 KABUSECHA SAEAKARI GURICHA

$32.00Price

100g bag
Mashiki, Kumamoto, Japan / Spring 2022
A spring shincha that is best enjoyed right away. For this reason we do not recommend storing for too long.

From the fields of family-operated tea farm, Tomizawa Tea Garden, this shincha was shaded for approximately 2 weeks before its early May harvest (making it a kabusecha). The Saeakari tea cultivar is quite new in the market. A descendant of Saemidori and Z1 cultivars, its harvest time comes just after Saemidori and before Yabukita. In the spring, like Saemidori, it produces leaves with a bright green color. As a steamed tamaryokucha (or guricha), the leaves are not rolled into straight needles as you would see with sencha, but rather left slightly curled by skipping the last rolling step.

The Tomizawa Tea Garden has over 85 years of tea farming history in the Kumamoto Prefecture, and they have received many tea awards in Japan. The family grows tea with a lot of sunlight and Kumamoto's natural groundwater that is famous for its clean and beautiful taste.