Chiran Kōcha | Organic | 2020

知覧 紅茶

Organic Japanese black tea from Chiran Nōen in Chiran, Kagoshima. Blend of Benifūki, Kanayamidori, and Yabukita leaves.



Description | 茶樹

The Benifūki cultivar was originally developed in Kagoshima in the 1960s from a crossbreeding between Benihomare (assamica) and MakuraCd86 (sinensis) with local black tea production in particular in mind. This hybrid legacy provides Benifūki with a full-bodied and aromatically floral character accompanied by a moderate tannic edge making it reminiscent of certain classic forms of black teas in North Indian style (Benihomare is derived from seeds from Assam, MakuraCd86 from seeds from Darjeeling).

The addition of Yabukita and Kanayamidori, which are mainly used in the production of Sencha teas, combined with the skillful processing of Chiran Nōen bestows in turn these fully oxidized tea leaves with a distinct Japanese twist. Chiran Kōcha is thus a finely balanced expression of contemporary Japanese black tea – also known as wakōcha.

Tea trees | 茶樹

Cultivar: Benifūki, Kanayamidori, Yabukita

Age: 20-40 years

Altitude: 150-200 masl

Fertilising: homemade fermented organic fertiliser made from leftover products from local agriculture and fishing industry

Dyrkningsmetode: certificeret økologisk landbrug (læs mere om økologi og naturligt landbrug her)

Harvest: April 28th-29th 2020 (Benifūki, Kanayamidori, Yabukita – ichibancha) + June 15th 2020 (Benifūki – nibancha)

Production method | 製茶方法

Withering after harvest (ichō):12-14 timer

Maturation of leaves: approx. a year

Hi-ire: Februar 1st 2021

Producer | 生産者

Chiran Nōen 知覧農園

Origin | 産地

Chiran in Kagoshima, Japan


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