The cultivar was first cross-bred in 1969 between asatsuyu, the "natural gyokuro" for its rich umami flavors, and the popular yabukita which balances flavor with great crop yield and resistance to disease. Grown as a kabusecha, you'll find a rich umami taste with hints of citrusy astringency.
Name: Kabusecha Shaded Green Tea, Saemidori
- Cultivation & Processing Notes
- Shaded for about 2 weeks, direct covering (see photo)
- Steaming: Regular steaming
- Harvest: May 3, 2017
- Region: Suizawa Village, Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture
Consider also cold steeping or ice steeping (see Steeping Techniques).
Tea: 5 grams or 1 teaspoon. Time: 2 minutes. Water: 50˚C/140˚F, 100 ml.
Use warm water: 50˚C/140˚F, with just enough water to cover the leaves used (5g of leaves or 1 teaspoon, about 120 ml of water). Steep for 2 minutes or until the leaves have soaked up the water. Pour a little at a time into tasting cups, alternating between cups to even out the flavor (thicker flavor will sit at the bottom of your pot)
Tea: same. Time: 10-20 seconds. Water: 80˚C/176˚F, 180-240 ml (about 1 cup).
Increase time to 30-45 seconds or to desired strength.