The Takarabako Tea Farm in Shimane Prefecture has been experimenting with creating aged black teas, "vintages" specific to a year, and allowed to age under fixed low temperature storage conditions.
- Ingredients: Black tea
- Cultivar: Yabukita
- Harvest: Summer 2013
- Region: Oba Sorayama District, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
About Takarabako Tea Farm
Established in 2003 as a subsidiary of the landscaping company, Matsuura-Zoen, Takarabako Tea Farm is located in the Oba Sorayama district in the southern part of Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The farmers conduct circulation type agriculture mainly based on tea and persimmon in addition to processing the crops and selling them directly to local consumers.
Today, Takarabako manages 7.4 hectares of tea plants, 3.0 hectares of persimmon, and another 2.0 hectares of other agricultural products such as blueberry, plum, perilla, etc. All agricultural products are cultivated with organic compost avoiding use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Tea and persimmon crops have been certified organic according to the Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS).
- President: Kouichi Matsuura
- Location: 728-6 Ōbachō, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 690-0033.
- Established: 2003 (subsidiary of Matsuura Zouen KK (landscaping)
- Employees: 5
- Eco-farmer certified by Shimane Prefecture
- Organic certification of JAS (Tea, Persimmon) for agriculture, processing and packing
- Local GAP certification by Shimane Prefecture
- Excellence Award for the 19th Japan Environment Preservation Agriculture Promotion Competition
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