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Kama-iri cha from Kumamoto, “zairai-shu”

Type of tea: Kama-iri cha
Origin: Tsuge area, Ashikita Municipality, Kumamoto Prefecture
Cultivar:"zairai-shu" (= native variety)
Harvest: May 23, 2018
Kama-iri cha from Kumamoto, “zairai-shu”

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In the mountains of Tsuge, Kajihara Toshihiro cultivates tea using neither pesticides nor chemical fertilizers. For this kama-iri cha, 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 native or indigenous species, 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.

Steeping method
  • Quantity of leaves: 4 g / 1.3 tsp
  • Quantity of water: 80 ml / 1/4 cup
  • Water temperature: 80°C / 176°F
  • Steeping time: 60 seconds

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Kama-iri cha from Kumamoto, “zairai-shu”

USD $16.00  / 100g

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TEXT_REVIEW_TITLE    Average Rating:5 of 5 Stars! 5 (2 reviews)
TEXT_OF_5_STARS08/09/2018   by Martin
I'm really enjoying this outstanding kamairi-cha. Compared to some others that I've tried, this tea ...

TEXT_OF_5_STARS07/20/2014   by Ryan
This is a truly wonderful tea with something akin to pineapple in the flavor. Flavor's long in the m...

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