The Japanese word “kuradashi” is made up of two words, “kura” meaning ‘storehouse’ and “dashi” meaning ‘to remove’ or ‘take out’. Consequently, “kuradashi” means ‘taking out from the warehouse.’
In the time before refrigerated warehouses, some of the first flush teas for the local ruler or Shogun were carried to a special storehouse (kura) built in a cool location. The kura protected the tea from the heat of the summer months and allowed its taste to mellow. In mid-autumn the tea was removed from the kura, carried ceremoniously in a palanquin, and presented to the Shogun.
In 2010, Shizuoka initiated a project to build a replica of the kura that was used by the Shogun Tokugawa who lived from 1542 to 1616. The replica kura was built in Ikawa in Shizuoka at an elevation of over 3,000 ft. Once the kura was completed, our parent company, Shirakata-Denshiro Shoten, was allowed to store a small quantity of first flush tea there.
•Origin: Honyama, Shizuoka
•Harvest: First Flush 2010
This delicate waves brings a creamy taste. Kuradashi Sencha is aromatic and has a mellow Umami acquired in the naturally cooled kura at Ikawa.
Den’s Preferred Brewing:
Water: 2oz @ 160F
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 rounded teaspoon
Steep: 90 sec
2nd Cup: Water @ 180F; Steep 30 sec