Description | 詳細
Suruga Yūki Nōjō Kyōdō Kumiai するが有機農場共同組合 (Suruga Organic Farming Cooperative) is a cooperative of three tea producers – Saitō-san, Iwasaki-san and Nishiyama-san – who cultivate and produce tea in the neighboring regions of Honyama and Shimizu, both traditional Shizuoka terroirs. Saitō-san, Iwasaki-san and Nishiyama-san create both their own and collective productions with tea leaves harvested from each other’s tea gardens, and they share the same great commitment to pesticide- and artificial fertiliser free farming methods (all tea gardens of all three tea producers have been cultivated without any use of agrochemicals for several decades, certified under the Japanese organic standard JAS).
Suruga Tokujō Sencha was harvested in spring 2022 with an equal distribution (50/50) of tea leaves from Saitō-san’s Saitō Chaen in Honyama and Iwasaki-san’s Jishabatake in Shimizu. The designation tokujō 特上 translates to ‘exceptional high quality’, and it represents their finest machine-harvested sencha production. The tea leaves are 100% medium-steamed Yabukita – the classic Shizuoka cultivar par excellence – and their dark-green pine-needle-like shapes testify to the great care that went into producing them: with warm and naturally umami-rich notes reminiscent of roasted nori seaweed and ripe elderberries, Suruga Tokujō Sencha is a beautiful example of traditional Shizuoka tea.
Tea trees | 茶樹
Age: approx. 30 years
Elevation: 350 masl
Fertilisation: own mixture of organic fertiliser (no synthetic fertilisers)
Cultivation method: pesticide and artificial fertiliser free
Harvest: May 3rd 2022
Production method | 製茶方法
Steaming: medium (futsūmushi) , approx. 30 seconds)
Hi-ire: medium (chūbi, approx. 18 minutes) on May 5th 2022
Producer | 生産者
Saitō Chaen under the leadership of Mr. Saitō and Jishabatake’en under the leadership of Mr. Iwasaki
Origin | 産地
Honyama and Shimizu in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan