Mandokoro, Shiga, Japan.
Mandokoro native cultivar.
Oldest tree is 300 years old.
Hand-picked, Natural Sencha.
About the manufacturer
In order to preserve the ages old tea farming traditions in the Mandokoro region, where the population is aging and less people are able to continue tea manufacturing, Ren has resolved to take the preservation of this culture in her own hands.
About the tea region
Altitude approx. 500m.
Mandokoro is one of the only regions in Japan where traditional cultivating and harvesting methods have not been overthrown by industrialisation.
The inhabitants of this small village continue to treat their bushes in a natural way, only adding pampas grass and occasionally lees of coleseed used for extracting oil to the soil.
Not one farm in this mountain village uses chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides, and each year in spring, the community gathers to aid each other in the arduous task of hand-picking the leaf, used for this absolutely delicious sencha.
I try to make my contribution each year and at least spend a day in the fields with the elderly ladies, joyfully picking tea.
Suggested measurements for 1 portion.
Suggested no. of infusions: 
Brewing for a shorter time (40sec), but at a higher temperature (90~98℃) will release more of the tea’s aroma, without releasing too harsh a bitterness.
Traditionally Hand-picked Mandokoro Sencha