Yamazoe Bancha | Natual farming | 2020

山添 番茶

Warm and sweet Kumano Bancha-style Kamairicha grown by natural farming methods. Harvested in early June 2020 and finished with a final roast in May 2021 by Mr and Mrs Kayashita at Mitocha Nōen in Yamazoe, Nara.

13.0022.00

Description

Description | 詳細

Yamazoe Bancha is harvested in early June and consists of late spring shoots as well as full-grown tea leaves that escaped the early spring harvest in May. The mature Bancha material is slightly coarser in character compared to the finer Kamairicha teas from the May harvest. But Yamazoe Bancha is still a tea of very good quality; rich in sweetness and warmth from the final roasting with natural notes of ripe stone fruits, cacao, and mild tobacco.

The body sensation is gently calming and warm, making Yamazoe Bancha enjoyable during late evenings as well – in fact, ‘Bancha’ is commonly written in the Kumano region (of which the Yamazoe area is a part) with the characters「晩茶」 bancha, that is, ‘evening tea’, instead of the more conventional spelling「番 茶 」 which refers primarily to the mature nature of the leaves.

As with the other Kamairicha teas from Mitocha Nōen, the tea leaves are harvested from 35-40 years old Yabukita tea trees grown by natural farming methods (自然農法 shizen nōhō) without any use of pesticides and fertilizers. After an initial ‘kill-green’ (殺青 sassei) step, the tea leaves are carefully rolled, sun-dried, and finally pan-fried (kamairi) – a traditional and today rare form of semi-oxidized Japanese tea from the Kumano region which in its processing method resembles certain forms of Chinese and Taiwanese oolongs.


Tea trees | 茶樹

Cultivar: Yabukita

Age: 35-40 years

Elevation: 300-400 masl

Shade: none

Fertilisation: none

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

Harvest: early June 2020

Production method | 製茶方法

Drying: approx. two days in sunny weather

Final roasting: May 2021

Producer | 生産者

The Kayashita family at Mitocha Nōen みとちゃ農園

Origin | 産地

Yamazoe in Nara, Japan

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