This native cultivar has been growing in its present location high up in the mountains in Nara Prefecture, unmodified, for over half a century. It is distinguished by a gentle yet distinct sweetness on the palate.
About the tea
・Origin: Tsukigase, Nara, Japan (single estate).
・Farmer: Fumiaki Iwata.
・Type: Green tea – Sencha.
・Cultivar: Yamatomidori Seed-grown cultivar.
・Harvest: May 5, 2018.
・Tea bush age: Planted in 1964.
Cultivar chart – Yamatomidori
・Breeder: Nara agriculture research center sub-center.
・History: Discovered in 1924, registered as #10, named “Yamatomidori” in 1953.
・Growth: Extreme late grower. Germination and harvest approximately 10 days behind Yabukita.
・Specifications: Strong against cold, anthracnose, diseases of blight, etc.
・Cold resistance: Extremely strong against winter colds and frost damage.
・Suitable land: Growth on sloping surfaces with desirable drainage is strong, but is weak in lesser effluent areas.
About the tea garden
・Name: Kitorode (キトロデ).
・Area: 20 ares.
・Category: Tea mountain.
・Altitude: Approx. 260m.
・Geological features: Magmatic rock on the Japan median tectonic line. Mesozoic era.
・Soil type: Mixture of granite and loamy soil.
・Direction and angle: Southeast facing mountain slope.
・Ridge direction and shape: Horizontal ridges along the slope’s contour lines.
・Other specifications of the tea garden and cultivation: One of the last farms of its time that were planted from seeds as opposed to cultivars. In 1964 seedlings were still expensive, hence the reason for the choice to plant and grow the bushes singlehandedly.
About the climate
・Climate: Good sunlight in the morning and before noon. Early first flush.
・Surroundings and environmental circumstances: On the opposite side of the farm road are other farmer’s gardens and woods. The farm extends down on the southeast side of the mountain slop from the mountain ridge.
The young buds developed in a thick and numerous amount. A futsūmushi (standard) steaming method was used to produce a balanced sencha.
Measurements per portion.
・Amount of tea ：4~5g
・Steep duration：40 sec
Suggested no. of infusions: [3~5]
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.