Here is a small batch exclusive to our catalogue from Shizuoka, a Japanese prefecture renowned for its green teas, made by one of our favorite producers, Mr Sakamoto. Kabuse, a word that translates to "covering", it requires a the technique of shading the tea bushes for about 2 weeks. The process slows the growth producing more chlorophyll and reducing tannins.
Slender, shiny leaves of a beautiful dark green, give a full, oily liquor without a hint of biterness, with accents of spinach and butter, followed by a finish that subtly suggests lily of the valley.
A tea created by Mr Sakamoto's passion and experimentation of the past three decades.
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Third generation potter, Hakusan began work in Tokoname over 50 years ago.
Grown and processed in the region of Uji in Japan, this green "shade-tea" is of great finesse. Shade structures which block up to 70% of the light are placed over the tea plants two weeks before harvest in order to soften the leaves and increase the chlorophyll concentration.
This multi award-winning Gyokuro is very representative of shade teas from the Uji region.
Three weeks before hand harvesting, shade structures which filter out up to 90% of sunlight are placed over the tea to develop what is commonly called in Japan "the taste of the shadows. The result is a tea weak in tannins, highly complex and aromatic.