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Yabukita Kabusecha (Shaded Sencha) 2021

Region: Kagoshima, Japan
Producer: Henta Family Gardens
Season: Ichibancha (Spring) 2021
Batch: 18Y32 (150kg) Organic
Showing off the Yabukita varietal to its full potential, capturing the aromas of a Japanese tea garden.

The Garden


The Henta family’s organic garden sits in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu island, in south Japan. This is an active volcanic region, making the soils volcanic. Henta-san himself prioritises the quality of the soil, and 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 umami, which is an important flavour in Japanese cuisine.

This Batch


The Yabukita Kabusecha 2021 is part of a trio of single varietal Kabusechas which we brought into the collection for 2021. Like wine, the tea plant has different varietals. The varietal of the tea leaf will influence the flavour which you taste. We chose three 2021 Kabusechas from the Henta family, made in a similar way, at a similar time, from different varietals (Okumidori, Saemidori, and Yabukita) to highlight each varietal.


The Yabukita Kabusecha was picked on the 20th of April 2021 after 10 days of shading. the leaves were steamed in the ‘asamushi’ style (short steamed) for 30 seconds. Steaming keeps the tea green, while short steaming preserves the shape and natural flavours of the tea leaf. This is the first time for many years which we’ve brought a Yabukita into the collection.

Tasting Notes


This batch shows the full beauty of the Yabukita varietal with it’s broader flavour spectrum. It captures the aromas of a tea garden, opening with cut leaf and grass, followed by leafy vegetals, then bitter herbs, with a long umami finish. Pair with other vegetal and umami dishes.


Infuse at 6g per 150ml (teacup size) at 40C  for 2-3 mins. This is the authentic Japanese way which brings out the umami. You can also infuse with 4g at 60C for 1 min.

Storage and Ageing


As with most Japanese green teas, the Yabukita Kabusecha 2021 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 to 24 months.