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Okumidori Kabusecha (Shaded Sencha) 2019

Region: Kyoto, Japan
Producer: Nakai Family Gardens
Season: Ichibancha (Spring) 2019
Batch: #41 (45kg)
Exquisite single-varietal Japanese green tea from Kyoto, with excellent umami.
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The Garden

This batch is from the Nakai family’s garden in Kyoto, the heartland of Japanese tea farming. Nakai-san is a 7th generation tea grower, and his garden pioneers organic and natural agriculture.

This Batch

Kabusecha is a tea which ranks above sencha in Japanese teas. Kabusecha is only grown in the spring season, under the shade. You can see the plants being covered in the picture. Shading the tea plants increases the umami in the tea, giving kabusecha its characteristic Japanese umami. This batch was picked on the 12th May after shading. The steaming (which keeps the tea green) was a quick 20s.

Tasting Notes

Like wine, tea has varietals. This tea is a pure Okumidori varietal, which gives it a silky smooth texture. On the palate the tea has hints of kombu, kale and spring greens. The short steaming gives it an excellent precision of flavour. The finish is impressively long with excellent umami. If you love Japanese flavours, you will love this tea.

Storage and Ageing

As with most Japanese green teas, the Okumidori 2019 is best fresh and young, so we suggest storing this tea in a cool dry place and enjoying it while it’s young; ideally within 18 months.