Tsukigase Kōcha Sayamamidori | Natural farming | 2020

月ヶ瀬 紅茶 さやまみどり

Finely processed whole leaf Japanese black tea of the rare Sayamamidori cultivar grown and produced by Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen in Tsukigase, Nara.
Harvested in May 2020 from 25-50 year old tea trees grown by natural farming methods without any use of pesticides and fertilizers.

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Description | 詳細

Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen has for many years specialized in producing unique Japanese black teas from a wide variety of cultivars harvested from both their organic and naturally farmed tea gardens in Tsukigase, Nara. Their Kōcha of pure, naturally farmed Sayamamidori – one of Japan’s earliest registered cultivars quite rarely seen in use today – is among the most exquisite Japanese black tea productions that we in io have had the pleasure to brew.

The tea leaves of Tsukigase Kōcha Sayamamidori come from the first spring harvest in May 2020, and they clearly convey careful subsequent processing. As the tea leaves gradually unfold during brewing, one begins to notice their well-preserved natural shape as well as the fine-tuned and uniform degree of oxidation obtained after 12-14 hours of gentle indoor ichō drying.

The result is an elegant and finely balanced Japanese black tea rich in sweet notes reminiscent of stone fruit and cedar woods with a hint of malt. Brighter sensations of citrus fruits for which the Sayamamidori cultivar is particularly known are also subtly present and add a slightly refreshing edge to the primary – and highly refined – body of depth that generally characterize Tsukigase Kōcha Sayamamidori.

Tea trees | 茶樹

Cultivar: Sayamamidori

Age: approx. 25-50 years

Elevation: 270 masl

Shade: none

Fertilisation: none (but dry fallen leaves from surrounding forests are being scattered among the tea trees every year)

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

Harvest: May 2020

Production method | 製茶方法

Withering after harvest (ichō):12-14 hours, indoors

Hi-ire: none

Producer | 生産者

Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen 月ヶ瀬健康茶園 under the direction of Fumiaki Iwata 岩田文明

Origin | 産地

Tsukigase in Nara, Japan


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