Tea farmer Hiroki Matsumoto-san smokes black tea with a number of different types of wood. The wood used to smoke the green tea (spring sencha) changes from production to production, and gives a hint of smokiness to compliment the vegetal notes of the tea.
Soft yet strongly smoky tea. The warm vegetal green notes are balanced by a potent but smooth smoky notes, which linger for a long time. The combination of the flavours creates an interesting and soothing brew.
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Harvest: Spring
- Region: Kiriyama, Shimada, Shizuoka
- Name: Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden
- Type: Family business, tea farm & factory
- Location: 1806-21 Kiriyama, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka-ken 428-0035
3rd generation tea farmer Hiroki Matsumoto manages some 30 fields in the Kiriyama region of the Makinohara plain in Shimada, Shizuoka. He utilizes the UNESCO designated World Heritage agricultural tradition, Chagusaba, to cultivate his tea leaves. This tradition requires farmers to cultivate sasa grasses surrounding the tea fields, and use the grasses as fertilizer in the fields.
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