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From one of Japan's organic tea pioneers comes a special premium kabusecha: Organic Kabuse Sencha 'Hako-iri Musume'.
Shaded for two weeks for harvest, the deep pine-green leaf needles give a rich aroma of umami savoriness. The name itself means 'girl in a box', an old term referring to protecting a precious daughter from the world...a privileged, sheltered life. This tea has been protected from the elements as if a princess...
OUR STEEPING EXPERIENCE
Steeped at 40˚C/104˚F degrees for 3 minutes (3 grams of leaf, 80 ml of water), it creates a syrupy ambrosia that is to be enjoyed drop by drop.
We recommend you steep all the umami savoriness from the leaf at low temperatures, then you may proceed to steeping the refined astringency at hotter temperatures with larger amounts of water. (See our gyokuro steeping techniques)
The more standard Warm Water method is also recommended for a balance of umami and astringency (see the Steeping Notes tab).
Name: Organic Kabuse Sencha 'Hako-iri Musume'
Japanese Name: 杵さんち箱入り娘、かぶせ煎茶
Ingredients: Green tea
Harvest: Mid-May harvest
Region: Fujieda, Shizuoka
Cultivation notes: Pesticide free. Fertilized with organic compost. Shaded for approximately 2 weeks before harvest.
Producer: Toshiaki Kinezuka, NaturaliTea by the Kinezuka Family