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Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen: Sencha Saemidori, Single Cultivar, Naturally Grown from Nara

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Tsukigase Kenko Chaen

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Tea expert Tyas Huybrechts says...

Tyas Huybrechts

The Saemidori cultivar is a hybrid crossbreed between the Yabukita and Asatsuyu tea bush species. In comparison to Yabukita the varietal sprouts several days early and produces a better yield. It produces a deep green leaf and when processed into sencha it expresses a mild yet characteristic aroma.

The sencha produced with this cultivar on the organic farms of Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen is especially rich in minerals. Although a hint of herbal bitterness may be distinguished, it pleases the drinker with a natural umami flavor that could be likened to the sweetness of corn. Its authentic fragrance is again slightly enhanced through a short period of gentle withering prior to processing.  

Product Info

  • Ingredients: green tea
  • Cultivar: Saemidori
  • Harvest: Spring
  • Region: Tsukigase, Nara, Japan (single estate)

Steeping Info

Measurements per person.

  • Tea: 3 grams
  • Water temperature: about 80˚C/176˚F degrees
  • Water amount: about 100 ml
  • Time: 40~60 sec

Producer Info

  • Farm Name: Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen
  • Farmer: Fumiaki Iwata
  • Type: Tea farm
  • Region: Tsukigase, Nara, Japan (single estate)
  • Curated for Yunomi by: Tea expert Tyas Huybrechts (Tea Ceremony Kyoto). Based in Kyoto, Tyas is the first Belgian to become a certified Japanese Tea Instructor, and a licensed instructor in the Enshu School of Chado (The Way of Tea, aka "tea ceremony"). 

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