not available in 2023 unfortunately
A single cultivar Fukumidori sencha green tea from the award-winning Okutomi Tea Garden that has been withered slightly for a few hours to impart a floral aroma.
Fukumidori is a local cultivar grown mainly in Saitama prefecture. It is highly praised for its refreshing aroma and taste (i.e., quite different from the wide spread Yabukita cultivar).
This type of tea is known as ichoucha - "withered tea" - and the processing technique is borrowed from oolong tea processing. During withering (a few hours between harvest and before steaming), the leaves undergo a very slight amount enzymatic oxidization, the same process used to create oolong and black teas. Doing this adds floral notes to the leaf.
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Cultivar: Fukumidori
- Harvest: Spring
- Region: Sayama, Saitama
- Name: Okutomi Tea Garden
7-time Minister's Award Winning, 15th generation tea farmer Masahiro Okutomi runs the Okutomi Tea Garden based in the famous tea region, Sayama, Saitama prefecture. He is one of the most respected tea farmers in Japan for both his skill in cultivation and processing. Moreover, he is a master of tea hand rolling!
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