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Kunitomo: Riguricha Choshunka - The Ancient Rose - Handpicked Kamairicha

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Kunitomo Tea Garden


Choshunka, The Ancient Rose, takes its name from the ancient Chinese name for the rose. Handpicked leaves from trees grown from the seeds of wild plants, the tea is withered overnight before pan-firing by hand to stop the oxidization.

雑木林の中の自然生え実生の山茶を自然栽培し、生葉を一晩萎凋した後、釜炒りに仕上げました。深く優雅な花の香りは、美しい春の野山へといざなってくれるかの様です。樅ノ木山の山人の庭先にいつの頃から植えられていたのでしょうか、春はもちろん凍てつく冬にさえも蕾を付ける中国種のバラの古い呼び名から長春花と名付けました。実生の茶葉が生み出す至福の香りと不思議な余韻をお楽しみ頂けます。

Tea garden owner Akika Kunitomo's father operated a landscaping company in Kochi Prefecture and in the 1990s discovered wild tea plants on an isolated mountainside during the course of his work. He began caring for the plants by clearing away the under brush and but allowing the plants to grow naturally as they had been.

Seeking to return to the roots of tea making in the Kochi region, Kunitomo-san built a small processing factory that focuses on pan-firing tea leaves. Akika took over the project when her father passed away, expanding by using seeds from the original wild plants and creating a managed tea field while continuing to adhere to the philosophy of zero use of pesticides and fertilizer.

 

  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Cultivar: Yamacha (zairai, non-specific cultivar)
  • Harvest: Spring, harvested by hand
  • Production method: Handprocessed pan firing
  • Region: Ino Village, Kochi, Japan

Steeping Recommendation

  • Tea: 3 grams
  • Water Temperature: 80C/176F degrees
  • Water Amount: 200 ml
  • Time: 3-4 minutes
  • Resteep 3-4 times (total 3-4 cups per 3 grams)

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