180-year old Shogyokuen Tea Factory's Tsuki no Hikari, is a kabusecha, but as sweet as many gyokuro at major tea brands.
Tea: 5 grams, Time: 2 minutes, Water: 60˚C/140˚F degrees, 100 ml (or about 1/2 cup)
This formula is meant to extract an umami syrup, an ambrosia of tea. Subsequent steeps may be enjoyed as a sencha, steeping a full cup for 30 seconds at 70˚C/158˚F degrees.
- Japanese name: 熱湯玉露 月の光
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Harvest: May
- Region: Wazuka, Kyoto. Refined in Kyotanabe, Kyoto.
- Notes: Shaded for about 2 weeks before harvest. This product is meant to have the same flavor profile year round, as each batch is reformulated by Kobayashi-san to ensure flavor consistency.
- Name: Shogyokuen
- Type: Tea factory, family business
- CEO: Hiroshi Kobayashi
- Established: 1827
- Employees: 12
Hiroshi Kobayashi is an award winning blender, and one of 13 tea professionals in Japan who hold the top rank of tea appraisal, level 10.
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