To make this high quality gyokuro from Chiyonoen in the beautiful mountains of Yame (Fukuoka prefecture), a shelf is built over the tea bushes and straw woven with straw is spread over the entire tea fields. This method is considered one of the traditional shading methods to make gyokuro and is quite rare these days! After being shaded for 20 days, the tea leaves are harvested.
By shading for a long period of time (which is a typical process to make gyokuro), the growth of catechin which creates the bitter taste in tea is suppressed and the umami and richness will be emphasized. To steep this tea, prepare your hot water (or cool off to) 50 ℃ so that the tea leaves are soaked and wait for 2 minutes. Please enjoy the traditional taste and aroma that spreads in your mouth.
- Ingredients: Green Tea
- Cultivar: Yabukita, Okumidori
- Harvest: May
- Region: Upper mountains of Yabe village, Yame District, Fukuoka, Japan. Altitude about 600 meters. Made from tea plants originally planted in 1968
- Packaging: May change without notice.
About the Farm
Chiyonoen Tea Farm is a small tea garden operated by husband and wife farmers Masashi and Eri Harashima deep in the mountains of Yabe Village, Fukuoka, Japan. The 3rd generation farm specializes in high grade mountain-grown sencha and gyokuro. Established by his grandfather and the farm's namesake, Chiyokichi.
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