Description | 詳細
The Gokō cultivar, native to the Kyoto region, is famous for its finely balanced umami structure making it particularly popular to use when crafting high-end shaded teas.
This year’s Kamo Kabusecha, harvested on May 14th in Kamo, Kyoto, from a single garden of Gokō tea trees, offers us a beautifully wholesome sip of the potential of this lauded leaf varietal when shading (‘kabuse’) techniques are skillfully applied – in this case for fourteen days of canopy ‘kanreisha’ covering. The tea garden here, like the rest of Kamo Shizen Nōen, is cared for without any use of pesticides or fertiliser. Only a bare minimum of weeding is carried out once a year, in autumn, by tea farmer Tokuya Yamazaki himself.
We find these semi-wild conditions reflected in the finished leaf material which intentionally is not subjected to any final sorting process; long and elegantly rolled spring leaves combine with their stems and more broken elements to offer us a natural impression of the pure Gokō leaf – grown in deep accordance with both its own and its surrounding nature.
Tea trees | 茶樹
Altitude: 150-200 masl
Shade: 14 days of kanreisha covering
Cultivation method: natural farming (read more about organic and natural farming here)
Harvest: May 14th 2022
Production method | 製茶方法
Steaming: medium (futsūmushi)
Producer | 生産者
Tokuya Yamazaki at Kamo Shizen Nōen 加茂自然農園
Origin | 産地
Kamo in Kyoto, Japan