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Tomizawa Tea Garden: Kumamoto Shira-ore Leaf Stem Tea

Tomizawa Tea Garden: Kumamoto Shira-ore Leaf Stem Tea
US$15.00
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In refining his 2016 shincha tea leaf harvest, tea farmer Tomizawa-san removes the stems of the leaves. These stems are gathered up to create shira-ore, called kukicha in other parts of Japan, or leaf stem tea. The stems have an relatively more sweet flavors and less astringency than the leaf itself and make great iced teas.

Steeping Notes

  • Tea: 3-5 grams
  • Time: 1 minute
  • Water temperature: 70C/158F degrees
  • Water amount: 1 cup
  • Resteep at hotter temperature up to 3 times
  • Use hotter temperature & longer steeping time for a more astringent tea, use cold water or ice steeping for a very sweet tea. 

Product Info

  • Name: Shincha Gold Label
  • Japanese name: 新茶ゴールドラベル
  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Net Weight: 100 gram (3.5 oz)
  • Harvest: April 2016
  • Region: Mashiki, Kumamoto

Vendor Info

The Tomizawa Tea Garden has over 85 years of tea farming history in Kumamoto Prefecture, and have received many famous tea awards in Japan. The family grows tea with a lot of sunlight and Kumamoto’s natural ground water famous for its clean and beautiful taste.

In April 2016, Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture affected by the Kumamoto Earthquakes with main shock at magnitude 7.0. The earthquakes have resulted in 48 deaths, 3000 injuries, and nearly 200,000 people evacuated to shelters in the aftermath.

Tomizawa Tea garden also had been affected by this earthquake losing their tea shop. However, they now are trying to recover their tea business and will harvest the 2016 spring shincha.

  • Name: Tomizawa Tea Garden
  • Location: Mashiki Soryo 1435-8 Mifune-machi Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto
  • Established: April 1928

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