【Oolong】Organic Minamisayaka Japanese Oolong

(6 customer reviews)


Watch this video for an explanation of the tea and my preferred brewing method.

Once diligently withered and allowed to ferment only minimally, the leaves of this cultivar species take on a fresh fragrance.
This tea carries in its aroma a trace of citrus, followed by a lingering flowery aftertaste.
Its flavour has some bitterness, but the sweetness of an Oolong produced from green tea leaves cultivated in Japan can be almost overwhelming.


Single Estate
Gokasé, Miyazaki, Japan.

Single Cultivar
Minamisayaka cultivar.
15 years.

Oolong Tea
Organic oolong / loose leaf.

New Harvest
Spring 2021.

Additional information

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.

About the manufacturer

Akira Miyazaki

President at Miyazaki Sabō 

“At Miyazaki Sabō I see it as my function to make sure that the young aspiring tea producers that come to learn tea manufacturing with us can actively learn it in a free and unconstrained environment. This should help them to discover their own strengths and develop an original style.”

Traditional pan-firing methods
Fragrant green teas

About the tea garden



20 ares.
Tea farm.
Altitude 650m.

The farm is surrounded by Japanese cedar trees, limiting the amount of sunlight-hours the bushes receive.


Soil type
Red loam soil layers from the Paleozoic era.

Direction and angle:
5 degrees Northward.

Ridge direction and shape:
Vertically east to west.

About the 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.

About the tea cultivar species

Cultivar details - Minamisayaka

Miyazaki Prefecture.

Cross-bred from the ‘Miya A-6’ cultivar and the ‘NN27’ cultivar. Registered as no. 42 in 1991.

A slightly late grower with a stronger yield than the Yabukita cultivar. It has shown to rapidly grow roots when reproduced from cuttings.

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.

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.

Brewing guidelines

Suggested measurements for 1 portion.

Amount of tea


Water temperature


Water amount


Steeping duration

20~90 sec

Suggested no. of infusions: [5~10]

Additional comments:

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.

Additional impressions:

Lemon sour mouthfeel; Pepper spicy; Earthy wood; Minerals; Summer flowers; Cacao sweet.

【Oolong】Organic Minamisayaka Japanese Oolong



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Weight45 g



6 reviews for 【Oolong】Organic Minamisayaka Japanese Oolong

  1. richard

    I’m no Oolong expert, only having had a few before, usually been more of a sencha or gyokuro drinker. This was more of an experiment for me. I used 3g with about 100-120ml of water and managed about 5 steeps, each being full of flavour and slightly different. It was greener than expected, green, earthy yet also fragrant and flowery. I would definitely buy again and learn more about oolongs in general so have more to compare it to.

  2. Tine (verified owner)

    My first experience with oolong tea.. It was really a very soft taste. I could really taste nature in this tea, and could only drink it with my eyes closed because it was so soft and fragile. I would definitely recommend this wonderful healthy tea!

  3. Ricardo Caicedo

    Although I drink mostly green tea, I really liked this oolong.
    There are many unique things about this tea: it’s shape, leaf color, and even the Minamisayaka cultivar.
    If you’re looking for something special, I highly recommend it.

  4. Amanda Freeman

    This Oolong has impressive longevity! The smooth and sweet tea sticks around for nine very solid steeps, which I found surprising and pleasant. The dominant taste in this tea was definitely wisteria, with undertones of orchid and crushed vegetation giving it a lingering green taste at the finish. Later steeps have a much stronger floral note, the crushed vegetation fading to be replaced by ghostly orange blossom which was quite tantalizing. Towards the end of this tea’s life long lingering notes of wisteria haunted me in the aftertaste. Overall this is a wonderfully refreshing tea, my only regret was drinking it before bed since it lasted more steeps than I was expecting so I ended up staying up later than I meant with it!

  5. Wolfgang (verified owner)

    Very good tea. Most times I drink Sencha, Matcha and Gyokuro. But these Oolong is a very special taste. Wonderful. So I would like to drink more of these Japanese Oolongs.

  6. Victoria (verified owner)

    A very special Oolong. In the past, I drank a lot of Oolong. I’m finding Japan, who is known for green tea, has perfected the more oxidized teas. This tea was perfect, not harsh like you would expect from other oxidized tea from other countries. I am now only drinking Japanese tea and I’m glad there is such a wide variety of teas available from TheTea Crane.

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