・Origin: Gokasé, Miyazaki, Japan (single estate).
・Farmer: Miyazaki Akira.
・Cultivar: Minamisayaka cultivar.
・Harvest: May 22, 2018.
・Tea bush age: 12 years.
・Type: Organic oolong / loose leaf.
・Additional impressions: Lemon sour mouthfeel; Pepper spicy; Earthy wood; Minerals; Summer flowers; Cacao sweet.
Cultivar chart – Minamisayaka
・Breeder: Miyazaki Prefecture
・History: Cross-bred from the ‘Miya A-6’ cultivar and the ‘NN27’ cultivar. Registered as no. 42 in 1991.
・Growth: A slightly late grower with a stronger yield than the Yabukita cultivar. It has shown to rapidly grow roots when reproduced from cuttings.
・Specifications: It is a vigorous bush that grows branches in a vertical direction. It grows a long, large elliptical leaf with a deep green color. Its quality is especially suitable for the manufacturing of sencha. When brewed it produces a bright, clear green liquor with a strong aroma.
・Resistance: Fairly resistant against cold and frost. Good resistance against diseases.
・Suitable land: Cultivation should be avoided in regions where there is possibility for ‘bacterial wilt’ due to extreme cold climate.
About the tea garden
・Name: Makoto-hata (誠畑)
・Area: 20 ares
・Category: Tea farm
・Soil type: Red loam soil layers from the Paleozoic era
・Direction an angle: 5 degrees Northward
・Ridge direction and shape: Vertically east to west
・Other specifications of the tea garden and cultivation: The farm is surrounded by Japanese cedar trees, limiting the amount of sunlight-hours the bushes receive.
About the climate
・Climate: Cold climate protected from frost by an inversion layer.
・Surroundings and environmental circumstances: The farm is situated at a high altitude, and only receives limited sunlight. this makes that even when the buds unfurl into leaves, they still remain quite soft. Inversion circulation of the air protects the farm from frost damage.
For the manufacturing of oolong tea, it produces a better aroma and more refreshing taste when the leaf is harvested after the buds have begun to unfurl. During sensitizing, sufficient care is taken not to let the leaf oxidize too much.
・Amount of tea ：4g
・Steep duration：20~90 sec.
Suggested no. of infusions: [5~10]
Depending on the length of each infusion, this tea maintains fragrance for a long time. Brew shortly for the first infusion for a fresh aroma. Gradually increase the duration for later infusions.