During the colder autumn and winter months the tea bush is mostly dormant, but still accumulates sustenance from the soil in its roots, stem and branches. In spring this nutrition is released into the new buds and renders them the most strengthened and wholesome tealeaf of that year. In Tsukigase, Nara-prefecture, the winter is long, and temperature differences between dawn and fall can range between 5 and 20 degrees Celsius. This allows the leaf to, however slowly, develop into a heavy and full-bodied entity.
Because the first tea of the year is highest in nutrition, we present this tea in a form that is as close as possible to the tea’s original form in order to maintain its alimentative value. Therefore, the leaf is left uncut, and the buds, leaf and twigs are maintained unfiltered.