Okumidori Kabusecha (Shaded Sencha) 2020
This batch was grown on the Henta family’s garden in Kagoshima, in the south of Japan. Henta-san has a craft approach to tea, ideal for making individual, high quality teas on their organic garden. This tea is a Kabusecha which ranks above sencha in Japanese teas. Kabusecha is only grown in the spring season, under the shade. Shading the tea plants increases the umami in the tea, giving kabusecha its characteristic Japanese umami.
This kabusecha was picked on the 8th May after 14 days of shading. It’s a single varietal tea, picked from Okumidori varietal tea plants. We chose to keep the processing very light for this batch, giving it beautiful, long, glossy green needles. The steaming (which keeps the tea green) was a quick 30s for flavour clarity.
Like wine, tea has varietals. This tea is a pure Okumidori varietal, which gives it a silky smooth texture. On the palate there are notes of green peas and leafy eastern vegetals. 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.
Infuse at 6g per 150ml (teacup size) at 40C for 2-3 mins. This is the authentic Japanese way to enhance the umami. You can also infuse with 4g at 60C for 1 min.