Kurihara Tea #13: Oku Yame Bancha, Yamabiko, 100g やまびこ

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Size: 100g / 3.5 oz
JPY ¥600

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A standard bancha from the Kurihara family who grow and process tea in the mountains of southern Japan. Based in Yabe-mura (population 1000), the Kurihara brothers are 4th generation tea farmers growing tea leaves under the tutelage of their father who is now a respected councilman in Yame City.

Bancha tea is known for its strong astringency. Usually produced in the summer and autumn, it is exposed to sunlight during cultivation and the leaves are allowed to grow large. The result is a tea leaf that his proportionately heavy in catechin antioxidants while relatively low in caffeine (though not caffeine free).

The name of this bancha is Yamabiko (山彦), a mountain god or spirit in Japanese folklore, and the sound of a delayed echo in the pristine mountain forest. Written 幽谷響, the sound is thought to be the answering voice of a tree spirit. See Wikipedia.)

Yamecha, is one of the most famous teas in Japan along with Ujicha from Kyoto and Shizuokacha from Shizuoka.

Steeping Info

Tea: 3-5 grams. Time: 60 sec. Water: 70-80C/160-180F, 200 ml. Resteep 2-3 times. Yunomi.life/steep for steeping techniques

Product Info

  • Name: Bancha, Yamabiko
  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Region: Yabemura, Yame City, Fukuoka
  • Notes: Machine harvested

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