Master Matsumoto's Supernatural Black

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Caramel, Dates, Pear, Plums
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 oz / 240 ml

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is an unusually aromatic Japanese black tea from Kumamoto area of Kyushu in Japan. The tea is made on a small 8 acre farm in Minamata-shi by 4th generation tea maker Master Matsumoto, who uses his great grandfather’s 90 year old Yabukita ancient tea trees grown without any chemicals, herbicides, fertilisers, or even manure – hence the tea grows ‘supernaturally’.

This tea has a slight Darjeeling astringency and a plum/prune sweetness and is best brewed with freshly boiled water and a teaspoon per cup. It is strong enough to take milk if required.

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This is a tea with presence – powerful, flavorful, complex and unapologetic. It is a tea that makes you sit up and take notice- good before a study session, meditation, preparing a New Year’s resolution list or a trip to the gym. You will want to be a better person after drinking this tea – it’s like being face to face with a gruff old zen master that also doubles as a samurai :)
There’s a pleasant bitterness, a muted fruity flavor, practically no astringency, and a depth of flavor in this bright coppery tea. It’s small leaves may tempt you to brew it western style, but I believe that gongfu will do it more justice. Sugar and milk will tame the samurai – but why tame such a powerful force?


i’ve always wanted to try their teas..if only for the interesting gimmick of the postcards :)


Their packaging is awesome – beautiful, creative, and functional. But if I hadn’t gone to their London shop I probably wouldn’t have bought anything from them – they have such a tiny online presence compared with other suppliers. I’ve met the owner, and he is extremely knowledgable and generous, and he takes tea very seriously. A person to trust


nice! thatnks for the feedback on them. Of course now i really want to travel to london to shop there haha

Terri HarpLady

I love this review! I’ve wanted to try postcard teas as well. Their website is really fun :)


Remind me to send you some when we swap again. I’ve only just come to trying out their teas and others, driven by our swap to try new teas and not just go back to my all time favourites again and again :) This is one of the most interesting strong blacks that I’ve tasted – nothing like any other black tea that I’ve tried

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I agree-a trip to Postcard Teas was a highlight of my time in London. The owner has a wonderful eye for matching the vintage postcards and making the tins and he knows his tea. He knows the growers and the blends. He was a pleasure to talk tea with!


I was in London again in August and visiting their shop was once again a trip highlight.

Terri HarpLady

Just let me know when you’re ready for our next swap! :)
I still love this review!


:) Of course. Thank you!

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I’d definitely agree with the plum/prune sweetness in the description. However this tea left me wanting more. It was interesting to try a black tea from Japan, but it lacked the sophistication that I was expecting.

Reminded me of a black tea from Vietnam or elsewhere in south-east asia.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I love this tea.
This is the first single estate black tea I tasted that I never felt needing milk. I was afraid adding milk would taint this beautiful beautiful tea.
It is amazing.

Brew note: 3 infusions, first steep 1 minute, second steep 1min 15sec, third steep 1min 30sec.

Flavors: Caramel, Dates, Pear, Plums

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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