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Kama-iri cha from Ureshino, Benifûki cultivar

Type of tea : Kama-iri cha
Origin : Ureshino Town, Ureshino city, Saga Prefecture
Cultivar : Benifûki
Harvest : May 15, 2018
Kama-iri cha from Ureshino, Benifûki cultivar

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Benifûki is one of the most famous Japanese cultivars for black tea. Mr. Ôta grows it to make black tea with the second harvest, of course, but he also makes a kama-iri cha green tea with the first harvest.
Since it is a cultivar for black tea, Benifûki is obviously very rich in tannin and can therefore result in something very astringent as a green tea. However, by using it to make kama-iri cha rather than steamed green tea, Mr. Ôta limits the astringency and brings out even more of the extraordinary fragrances of this green tea.
As such, this kama-iri cha is a great success. It gives off a nectar-like floral fragrance that is rich and complex, powerful, sweet, with notes of roasted butter. It is absolutely unique. Such aromatic intensity is unusual in a Japanese green tea. Prepared properly, the astringency is reduced to a minimum, and a festival of aromas in the floral range opens in the mouth. The liquor remains delicate and slips down the throat.
Nonetheless, attention has to be paid to quantities and infusion time. Otherwise the astringency can become very strong. However, this kama-iri cha is a rare example of good Benifûki green tea that brings out the scents and aromas of this cultivar.

Brewing suggestion
  • Quantity of leaves: 4g / 1.3 tsp
  • Quantity of water : 70ml / ¼ cup
  • Water temperature : 80°C / 176°F
  • Brewing time : 50s

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Kama-iri cha from Ureshino, Benifûki cultivar

USD $17.33  / 100g

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TEXT_REVIEW_TITLE    Average Rating:4.5 of 5 Stars! 4.5 (2 reviews)
TEXT_OF_5_STARS05/24/2016   by Chris
A very good kama-iri cha, with an aroma of just the right amount of muscatel combined with sweetness...

TEXT_OF_5_STARS05/19/2016   by Jakob
Very interesting tea.. Upon first sense of the aroma and taste, you are left with the thought that t...

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