The Azuma family’s black tea is made with specific cultivars from single fields. Without using pesticides, small insects called unka populate the field in the early summer and damage the leaves in a way that turns into a delicious flavor when the leaves are withered into black tea. The process is similar to that seen in the Taiwanese oolong called Oriental Beauty.
Name: Japanese Black Tea Gokou Cultivar
Japanese name: 和紅茶 ごこう
Ingredients: Black tea
Harvest Season: Summer
Region: Kyoto Prefecture
Steeping - Tea: 5 grams. Time: 3~5 minutes. Water: 80~100˚C/176~212˚F, 200cc~300cc.
- Drinking tea cold or with milk or sugar also good.
- The amounts above are guidelines. Adjust to preference.
- Consider also advanced steeping techniques such as cold or ice steeping (see Steeping Techniques).