Sencha Fukamushi Nanmei
The Nanmei cultivar, a cross between Sayamakaori and Makurazaki 13, is best suited to the warmer temperatures of southern Japan. It buds earlier, resulting in a generous supply of green Shincha tea (new tea), much to the delight of those who wait for new harvests from this terroir.
The tiny leaves from the extended steaming process (Fukamushi) add density and a radiant colour to the liqueur. It's oily texture and Umami flavour are astonishing, but it also reveals fine marine and vegetal scents (sweet peas). The finish has a floral freshness reminiscent of the delicate scent of apple blossom.
An incredibly textured tea.
For Fukamushi teas, it is usual that the infused leaves, due to their very small size, can slide into the cup and even give more intensity to the liqueur.