If you are attempting to learn about the differences between cultivars and to become more familiar with Japanese tea cultivars, it is best to compare teas from the same farmer so to eliminate the differences that cultivation practices and region might create in the tea.
Here are five different cultivars from the well-known and respected tea farmer, Uejima-san in Wazuka, Kyoto Prefecture. Below is a short description about each of the 5 different cultivars. The rest is left for you to discover yourself... Please enjoy the tea tasting process!
- Gokou: An unregistered tea cultivar from Kyoto Prefecture which is mainly used to make gyokuro or tencha, this is a rare find in sencha form.
- Saemidori: A cultivar which represents "clear green", a successful hybrid between the Yabukita and Asatsuyu. The Saemidori cultivar is becoming more familiar and liked by Japanese tea lovers.
- Saeakari: 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.
- Sakimidori: A cultivar characterised by its vibrant green color, this cultivar is not very common to come across. It has a nice equilibrium of sweet and umami and was developed in Miyazaki prefecture in 1997.
- Tsuyuhikari: Developed in Shizuoka Prefecture , this cultivar is characterised with its rich umami taste, fresh aroma, and is delicately floral.
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Cultivar: Gokou, Saemidori, Saeakari, Sakimidori, Tsuyuhikari
- Net weight: 10g x 5 types
- Harvest: Spring
- Region: Wazuka Village, Kyoto Prefecture
About Tea Farmer: Noriyasu Uejima
Noriyasu Uejima is a tea master. In the 90+ year old tea tasting competition held in Kyoto, he is the only winner to ever achieve a perfect score. Cultivating and processing some of Kyoto's finest teas, the Ritz Carlton Hotel of Kyoto features his teas in their line up for guests. He is the 5th generation master farmer carrying on a tradition that dates back to the mid-19th century when his ancestor started the Uejima family as a branch family of an even older main family. The farm also operates the Wazuka Village's Wazuka Cha Cafe.
Please read more about Uejima-san and get to know this amazing tea farmer better through an interview that was posted in February 2021. Enjoy!
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