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“Green gold” sencha from Hon.yama, Ôkawa-Morokozawa, Kogane-midori cultivar

Type of tea: Futsumushi sencha
Origin: Morokozawa, Ôkawa Area, Aoi Borough, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Cultivar: Kogane-midori
Harvest: May 11, 2018
“Green gold” sencha from Hon.yama, Ôkawa-Morokozawa, Kogane-midori cultivar

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From a cutting taken from a single new sprout that developed by natural mutation and was not green but yellow, it has taken Mr. Satô and his son 20 years to grow a plantation able to produce enough tea to be able to sell it, even though the quantity remains infinitesimal. They have called this cultivar Kogane-midori: “green gold.” This exceptional plantation is found at 500 m (1600 feet) in altitude, at Ôkawa-Morokozawa, upstream along the Warashina River.
These incredible yellow-white leaves are magnificently rolled and give off a sweet, delicate, very fresh fragrance. The roasting is very light.
However, the main characteristic of this sencha, beyond its colour, is its strong natural concentration of amino acids, which makes it a very mellow tea, rich in umami.
In the mouth, a very round, sweet flavour develops at first. Next we feel great freshness, greenness, almost like hand-rolled Japanese tea. It makes you think of a sunny field scattered with colourful little flowers. The scents are extremely pure; the sweetness brings no heaviness.
This is a sencha to be brewed for a relatively long time with quite cool water. You can even begin with three or four cold-water infusions: 3 g (generous 1 tsp) of leaves for 30 ml (1.5 tbsp) of water and 5 minutes of steeping. After, you can continue with warmer water and shorter brewing times, which will allow you to enjoy a very large number of infusions.
Mellowness, balance, freshness, high-quality rolling: this Kogane-midori, a fortuitous product of nature, is not a simple curiosity, but indeed a great tea.

Brewing suggestion
  • Quantity of leaves:4-5 g / 1.5 tsp
  • Quantity of water : 60 ml / ¼ cup
  • Water temperature : 50°C / 122°F
  • Brewing time : 90 seconds

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“Green gold” sencha from Hon.yama, Ôkawa-Morokozawa, Kogane-midori cultivar

USD $40.00  / 50g

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TEXT_REVIEW_TITLE    Average Rating:4 of 5 Stars! 4 (1 reviews)
TEXT_OF_5_STARS08/28/2017   by Michael
A very good sencha when brewed hot! This tea really shined when it was cold brewed; it was the best ...

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