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Kama-iri cha from Fujieda, Inzatsu 131 cultivar

Type of tea : Kama-iri cha
Origin : Shimonogô, Fujieda city, Shizuoka prefecture
Cultivar : Shizu-Inzatsu 131
Harvest : Aprile 2017
Kama-iri cha from Fujieda, Inzatsu 131 cultivar

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Mr. Koyanagi’s tea garden is known as the birthplace of the Fuji-kaori cultivar, which is famous for the hints of jasmine in its scent. That cultivar is a cross between Yabukita and the legendary Shizu-inzatsu 131, which Mr. Koyanagi also grows. This is very unusual today.
Inzatsu 131 was developed in the 1940s by the famous Professor Arima from a Manipuli 15 seed. Manipuli 15, a variety from Assam, therefore contributed to the half Indian and half Japanese Inzatsu 131. Unfortunately, the hybrid’s aromas were too unusual and strong for the time, so its success did not match the enthusiasm of Professor Arima. Nonetheless, it was later used as one of the parents of Fuji-kaori, and of the famous Sôfû.
Yet, as a kama-iri cha, subject to the wilting process, the tannic, slightly aggressive side of Inzatsu 131 senchas disappears, and is replaced by very mellow scents.
Infusing this lightly oxidized kama-iri cha produces a mellow, subtle fragrance, along with sweet aromas recalling white grapes and floral notes close to jasmine. The mouth is filled by fruity, floral aromas, even though the initial attack is light. While not lacking in presence, this tea has no trace of astringency, and the liquor is very refreshing and fluid in the throat. When the tea cools a bit, slightly vegetal tones become more apparent. Subsequent infusions provide slightly more incisive citrus and floral scents, more evocative of the special aromas of Inzatsu 131 when it is steamed. However, the whole remains very balanced.
This is a highly fragrant kama-iri cha that clearly reveals the roots of the other “inzatsu” cultivars that are the descendants of Inzatsu 131.

Brewing suggestion
  • Quantity of leaves: 3g / 1 tsp
  • Quantity of water : 70ml / 1/3
  • Water temperature : 85°C / 185°C
  • Brewing time : 70s

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Kama-iri cha from Fujieda, Inzatsu 131 cultivar

USD $16.00  / 50g

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