Organic Kirishima Zairai Sencha

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Grass, Hay, Vegetal, Butter, Sweet, Floral, Kale, Menthol, Mineral, Pine, Sage
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Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 oz / 128 ml

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  • “Another green tea redeemed! I had all but given up on this tea due to it’s flat astringent taste. Usually I brewed it between 165-170 F, which is within the standard temperature range for green...” Read full tasting note
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  • “There is a lot going on in this tea. I’m a big fan of zairai (base species grown from seed) since they always provided unique and complex flavor profiles with underlying mineral notes. The leaves a...” Read full tasting note
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Organic Kirishima Zairai Sencha – Grown organically in the mountainous Kirishima area of Kagoshima Prefecture. Lightly steamed, this sencha has a light yellow green color to it, medium body, and rather unique taste and aroma due to it’s high iron content. Zairai means "native" in Japanese and refers to the fact that this tea is from no known modern cultivar and is a close derivitive of the original tea plants imported into Japan from China in the 14th century. Since it is "wild" and grown from seed instead of cloning, there is quite a lot of variation between individual plants which gives the leaf a non-uniform leaf structure and charactaristics of a blend. Although it is considered a hardier plant to culitviate, the lack of leaf conformity, in addition to lower yield than recent clones does not encourage growers to grow it means you will not come across this unique tea often.

Very delicious, here’s your chance to experience a green tea with characteristics of the teas of old Japan. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.

Available in 100 gram packages

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Another green tea redeemed! I had all but given up on this tea due to it’s flat astringent taste. Usually I brewed it between 165-170 F, which is within the standard temperature range for green tea. Yesterday I used slightly cooler water, about 160 F and brewed the tea 1 minute. It tasted like a completely different tea – buttery, smooth, and sweet. Second and third steeps for 25 and 45 seconds respectively, though were fairly non-descript .

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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There is a lot going on in this tea. I’m a big fan of zairai (base species grown from seed) since they always provided unique and complex flavor profiles with underlying mineral notes. The leaves a deep rich green and are highly fragrant, both dried and steeped. The liquor is a bright yellow/green. Flavors are uplifting, savory, sweet, deep, and complex, with notes of chestnut, pine, minerals, pistachio, and kale. It is reminiscent of organic upper-tier high mountain Chinese green teas.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Kale, Menthol, Mineral, Pine, Sage

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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