Tencha farmers from the famous tea producing region; Wazuka, Kyoto prefecture—Megumi Hori, her mother and sister—bring you an ultra small batch matcha made from a the Saemidori cultivar. This cultivar, known for its bright green color (in fact, saemidori means "clear green" in Japanese) was first cross-bred in 1969 between Asatsuyu, the "natural gyokuro" for its rich umami flavors, and the popular Yabukita which balances flavor with great crop yield and resistance to disease. The Saemidori cultivar is becoming more familiar and liked by Japanese tea lovers. Please enjoy its sweet flavor as a matcha!
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Cultivar: Saemidori
- Harvest: Spring
- Notes: No pesticides, synthetic fertilisers used.
- Region: Wazuka Village, Kyoto prefecture
About the Garden
The 4th generation Kiroku Tea Garden is in the heart of Wazuka, Kyoto prefecture, an area whose mountain tea fields and undulating terraced slopes thick with fog make perfect tea-growing conditions. Founded nearly 100 years ago, before cars and farming machinery were available, their mountain fields were cleared by hand by the Great-Grandfather of sisters Megumi and Ui Hori.
Today, with their mother, the sisters find themselves in the unusual position of being a farm entirely owned and operated by women. After the passing of their father, the three women took over the running of the farm to continue their family’s legacy, one that began in these fields all those years ago. In the male-dominated tea agriculture and production industry, their efforts are a challenge to the status quo. At Yunomi, we are proud to support their dedication. To learn more about the Kiroku Tea Garden, please check out our interview with Ui Hori (posted April 2021).
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