Type of tea: Kamairicha Origin: Tsuge area, Ashikita Municipality, Kumamoto Prefecture Cultivar:"Zairai-shu" (= botanical variety), Oku-yutaka, Yabukita Harvest: May 2016
In the mountains of Tsuge, Kajihara Toshihiro cultivates tea using neither pesticides nor chemical fertilizers.
For this Kamairicha, a green tea the oxidation of which has been halted not by steaming as is the case for most Senchas and Japanese teas, but by direct heat, as for Chinese green teas, he has used “zairai-shu” tea plants that are more than 50 years old. They are thus botanical varieties, in other words, not cultivars that are all identical and reproduced from cuttings, but tea plants grown from seeds, and so they are all different. They come from a superb plantation on a more than 30° slope. This tea is therefore very powerful, and leaves many aromas in the mouth, with light, natural sweetness balanced by very stimulating astringency. It also has a surprising, subtle fragrance that is both floral and buttery.
The strong aromatic features of this kama-iri cha provide not only great length in the mouth, but also the possibility of many infusions.