2012 Organic Miyazaki Kamairicha Minekaori

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From Yuuki-cha

When our grower first sent us this Kamairicha to sample it was instantly something that caught our attention. Firstly, because we can honestly say we had never come across this particular cultivar before, and secondly because when we brewed it we were intrigued by how amazingly savory the aroma and the taste was!

After some discussion with the grower and some research into this breed we found that it is in fact a cultivar that was developed specifically for Kamairicha, so needless to say it’s a pretty difficult-to-come-by cultivar, and is only really cultivated by specialist growers in Miyazaki and a few other growers elsewhere.

It’s an exceptionally fine Kamairicha offering a very distinctive aroma and taste with a deliciously savory mouthfeel. If it’s something totally different you want to try, or you are a Japanese tea aficionado looking to further your knowledge of Japanese tea cultivars, this is an absolute must!

Origin: Gokase Town, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan
Organic Certification(s): JAS
Harvest Date: Late May 2012
Harvest Period: 100% Ichibancha (First Harvest)
Cultivar(s): 100% Minekaori

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This is one of two shinchas I ordered from Yuuki-cha, and it’s made up the bulk of my at-home tea drinking over the past few weeks. It’s delightful, and I am quite taken by the novelty of drinking tea harvested only a couple weeks before I receive it! Over the past several months I’ve been drinking mostly Chinese teas, so this is a nice return to Japanese greens.

The leaves, post-infusion, are the most vibrant green ever. They don’t look spent the way less fresh tea does after steeping. The liquor is also an amazingly vibrant yellow-green.

While it’s steeping, it smells like delicious freshly-cut hay. It might be odd to term any type of hay “delicious”, but I grew up spending most of my time in stables and often helping bale hay, so I have good associations with the scent and have always found it really nice, simultaneously refreshing and comforting. The liquor after the leaves are strained smells a little more earthy, and more buttery.

The butter really carries over in the flavour. It tastes like snow peas swimming in butter. It has a nice, full mouthfeel to match and a savoury-sweetness. It’s moderately astringent, but not bitter at all. So lovely! I get three really solid steeps out of this.


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Daisy Chubb

mm this sounds like a very special tea!

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