Kamo Kōcha | Natural farming | 2020

加茂 紅茶

Japanese black tea from Zairai tea trees grown by natural farming methods and harvested in early June 2020 at Kamo Shizen Nōen in Kamo, Kyoto.

DKK 100,00

Description

Description | 詳細

As always in the case of Tokuya Yamazaki’s teas, the leaf material for Kamo Kōcha 2020 comes from the first and only harvest of the year; in this case harvested in early June 2020 from naturally farmed Zairai tea trees. The tea leaves have subsequently undergone a careful indoor oxidation process the exact duration of which according to Mr. Yamazaki is adjusted each year – one of the main reasons why each vintage of his black teas have a distinct character of their own.

The oxidation process is however generally allowed to last considerably longer compared to typical Japanese black tea production styles, and the leaves have accordingly developed a unique aromatic profile which in the case of the 2020-edition suggests notes of incense, camphor wood, and a hint of sweet cinnamon which also clearly are conveyed in the cup. The result is a beautifully made black tea, at once mild and multi-layered, with no sense of astringency or bitterness whatsoever.


The tea trees | 茶樹

Cultivar: Zairai (local variant of the tea tree grown from seed)

Age: unknown

Elevation: 200 masl

Fertilisation: none

Cultivation method: natural farming (read more about organic and natural farming here)

Harvest: June 2020

Producer | 生産者

Tokuya Yamazaki at Kamo Shizen Nōen 加茂自然農園

Origin | 産地

Kamo in Kyoto, Japan

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