Hiroki Matsumoto, the young farmer at Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden is always challenging himself to create unique and unusual teas. His inspiration comes from the fact that many tea farmers around him in Shizuoka (perhaps, the best known prefecture for tea in Japan) are already making very good and high quality tea. While the focus of the generations before him was to sell cultivated tea to wholesalers, during his time as a tea farmer, Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden began to make their own products, which allowed Matsumoto-san to directly interact with customers (i.e., the people who drink his tea). These interactions shifted something in him as began thinking about creating his own style of tea, one which wasn’t limited by the labels placed as Shizuoka-cha or Shimada-cha.
The Yuzu wood smoked black tea is one of these innovative teas from Matsumoto-san. As the name describes, this is a Japanese black tea that was smoked with wood from yuzu or Japanese citron trees for 8 hours. While the smokiness will be clear to you, it is not overpowering. This is a top quality Japanese black tea that is sure to surprise you and one of the only yuzu black teas at Yunomi. If you are not familiar with yuzu, it is a Japanese citrus lemon (lemon-grapefruity) that is highly valued due to its highly aromatic rind. If you are exploring the world of Japanese black teas, Matsumoto-san has an impressive line up of interesting smoked black teas.
Please note that all aspects of the production at Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden adhere to the environmental conservation cultivation method world renown as GIAHS (i.e., Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System). No flavorings or additives are used.
- Name: Yuzu Wood Smoked Black Tea
- Japanese name: 燻製紅茶
- Ingredients: Black tea
- Region: Shimada, Shizuoka prefecture
- Name: Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden
- Type: Family business, tea farm & factory
- Location: 1806-21 Kiriyama, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka-ken 428-0035
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