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Kama-iri cha from Gokase, Takachiho cultivar

Type of tea: kama-iri cha
Origin : Gokase town, Nishi-Usuki district, Miyazaki prefecture
Cultivar : Takachiho
Harvest : may 17, 2018
Kama-iri cha from Gokase, Takachiho cultivar

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Gokase in Miyazaki is, along with its neighbour Takachiho, the Mecca of kama-iri cha in Japan.
In the past, the Myazaki Prefecture research centre developed a number of cultivars specifically for kama-iri cha.
This is the case of this very old Takachiho variety, which was one of the 15 first cultivars registered in 1953. It was selected from an indigenous “zairai” tea tree.
This is a relatively green tea for a kama-iri cha, but its fragrance is strong and complex. It delivers a spicy, floral sensation, not unlike what might be found in a very lightly oxidized black tea.
In the mouth there is a bouquet of floral, spicy, sweet fragrances, but also hints of dried herbs, which come out deliciously in the aftertaste. The liquor is sweet, with no astringency, producing a simple, rustic impression.
This is a highly aromatic kama-iri cha, and the scents of roasted chestnuts that are typical of this type of tea seem to come out more in the second infusion, subtly marrying with the floral and sweet aromas.
It is a very fluid tea, perfect for drinking out of a large cup.

Brewing suggestion
  • Quantity of leaves: 4g / 1.3tsp
  • Quantity of water : 70ml / 1/4cup
  • Water temperature : 80°C / 176°F
  • Brewing time : 50s

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Kama-iri cha from Gokase, Takachiho cultivar

USD $14.00  / 100g

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