Saeakari cultivar kabusecha (shaded green tea) grown and processed by the Shimizu family of Suizawa, Mie Prefecture. Kabusechas are a fantastic in-between tea (i.e., in-between sencha and gyokuro) and you wouldn't want to miss out on trying one from the Marushige Shimizu Tea Farm, that is what they specialise in! This tea can be wonderfully refreshing when ice steeped, a recommendation for the summer time.
A note about the saeakari cultivar: Registered rather more recently in 2011, saeakari means "radiant/clear brightness" in Japanese. It can be characterised with its chestnut aroma and high umami and faires well as a gyokuro or kabusecha.
- Name: Kabusecha Shaded Green Tea, Saeakari
- Cultivar: Saeakari
- Cultivation & Processing Notes
- Shaded for about 2 weeks, direct covering (see photo)
- Steaming: Regular Steaming
- Harvest Season: May
- Region: Suizawa Village, Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture
Tea: 5 grams or 1 teaspoon. Time: 2 minutes. Water: 50˚C/140˚F, 100 ml.
Use warm water: 50˚C/140˚F, with just enough water to cover the leaves used (5g of leaves or 1 teaspoon, about 120 ml of water). Steep for 2 minutes or until the leaves have soaked up the water. Pour a little at a time into tasting cups, alternating between cups to even out the flavor (thicker flavor will sit at the bottom of your pot)
Tea: same. Time: 10-20 seconds. Water: 80˚C/176˚F, 180-240 ml (about 1 cup).
Increase time to 30-45 seconds or to desired strength.
**Consider also cold steeping or ice steeping (see Steeping Techniques).
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