This small batch of Sencha is a special lot from a section of M. Sakamoto’s garden where Koshun cultivar is grown rather than the traditional Yabukita. The rare beauty of his gardens and the elegance of his teas prove M. Sakamoto a very mindful producer, one who knows how to get the best out of his experimentations.
From Kagoshima, this asamushi style sencha brings us all the warmth of Kyushu Island’s southern most prefecture (Japan). Expected aromas of fresh cut grass with sweet peas and seaweed nuances all blend in a surprisingly bold umami, leaving behind a long lasting trail of flavours. Very skillfully processed, this green tea wonderfully combines bitter presence and aromatic finesse.
- Cultivar: Yabukita
- Altitude: 110m
- Date of harvest: May 2, 2019
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