The name of this tea may be misleading. I don’t think it is a good idea to take a first-class type of tea and then start comparing variations of a similar kind to it. This tea is manufactured from the Yabukita cultivar, which is a generic Japanese green tea cultivar. In all honesty, despite its wide spread in Japan, being utilized in over 70% of tea gardens, it is a plain and rather uninteresting tea species; perhaps also the reason why it is loved by many industrial tea producers: it is predictable and doesn’t have a distinct character, lending itself well to blending practices. Regardless, Mr. Korogi enjoys experimenting with the teas he produces and has a love hate relationship with the Yabukita cultivar. He dislikes it for the same reasons as stated above, but still enjoys challenging himself trying to find a way that expresses some unique traits of this cultivar. His aim; How to make a great tea out of a generic cultivar?
Green tea cultivars are overall less suited for black tea production due to their lighter character and less bitter flavor. Therefore, manufacturers seek to work with lighter oxidation to maintain the fresh greenness of the species, but to augment it with delicious black tea fragrances. Inevitably, these kinds start to resemble Darjeeling teas. But it needs to be mentioned that the intention is not to imitate anything. It is simply so that the result of the product reminded the manufacturer of the similarity to a tea he had previously enjoyed from Darjeeling.
・Origin: Gokase, Miyazaki, Japan (single estate).
・Farmer: Yōichi Kōrogi.
・Cultivar: Yabukita cultivar.
・Harvest: Spring, 2020.
・Type: Wakōcha black tea / loose leaf.
・Amount of tea ：3~4g
・Steep duration：40~60 sec.
Suggested no. of infusions: [3+]
Try to sit down relaxedly and take time to enjoy these teas. Begin by appreciating the aromas first. Warm up a teapot and insert the dry leaf. Close the lid for a few seconds and appreciate the warm enhanced aroma emitted from the tea leaf. Appreciate the beauty of the white tips in the tea and the game of browns and greens. Then add water and steep for 40 second. Begin with a shorter infusion to enjoy the aromas of the tea. For later brews, gradually extend the brewing duration. After pouring the tea, don’t forget to look at the infused tea leaf and enjoy the grassy notes it expresses.