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[FEB 2019] - Samidori Sencha

The Tea Crane

  • $1000

This tea was part of The Tea Crane Subscription ed. February 2019 package.

Availability is limited.


About the tea

Origin: Wazuka, Kyoto, Japan (single estate).
Farmer: Teruko Azuma.

Cultivar: Samidori.
Harvest: May 17, 2018.
Tea bush age: 10 years.
Type: Organic sencha / loose leaf.

Cultivar chart - Samidori

Breeder: Masajirō Koyama
History: Derived from a tea bush native to the Uji region. registered in 1953.
Growth: Intermediate grower with a wide period for harvest.
Specifications: Its growth is absolutely vertical making it a highly suitable species for the purpose of handpicking. The youngest leaf is juicy, shimmering with a lustrous pale green color, favorable for matcha, making it a preferred tencha cultivar. Its yield is good.

About the tea garden

Name: Damu-hata (ダム畑)
Area: 30 ares
Category:  Tea farm
Altitude: 200m
Soil type: Granite geology; decomposed granite soil
Direction an angle: 15 degrees northeast
Ridge direction and shape: Vertically east to west
Other specifications of the tea garden and cultivation: New garden planted 10 years ago. Cultivated in a way that doesn't burden the plants and fertilized in a way that still maintains the features of the garden's specific soil.

About the climate

Climate: Cold region surrounded by mountains.
Surroundings and environmental circumstances: The farm is positioned in the vicinity of a dam, which is far away from the activity of the town. Fogs and mists occur often, improving the tea's aroma.

Additional information:

Regular steaming (futsu-mushi) is used for initial fixing. Processed as a regular sencha.


Brewing Suggestion

・Water amount:200cc
・Amount of tea :4~5g

・Water temperature:88℃ 
・Steep duration:60 sec.

Suggested no. of infusions: [3]
Undoubtably good for 3 brews. Begin with a cooler first brew as is customary for Kyoto sencha. Build up to a hotter 2nd and 3rd brew.

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