About the manufacturer
President at Tsukigase Kenkō Chaen
Born on 17 May 1974 as the 17th heir to the Iwata family in Tsukigase, Nara prefecture. Graduated from Tokyo University Of Agriculture. Resigned as an office worker to continue the family farm in 2001.
About the tea garden
Altitude approx. 260m.
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.
Magmatic rock on the Japan median tectonic line. Mesozoic era.
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.
About the 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 slope from the mountain ridge.
About the tea cultivar species
Cultivar details - Yamatomidori
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.
Nara agriculture research center sub-center.
Discovered in 1924, registered as #10, named “Yamatomidori” in 1953.
Extreme late grower. Germination and harvest approximately 10 days behind Yabukita.
Strong against cold, anthracnose, diseases of blight, etc.
Extremely strong against winter colds and frost damage.
Growth on sloping surfaces with desirable drainage is strong, but is weak in lesser effluent areas.
Suggested measurements for 1 portion.
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.
At first I thought that it would have a weaker taste but it wasn’t the case.
It’s an overall mellow flavor, not bitter nor astringent. I liked it.
【Sencha】Organic Mountain-grown Nara Native Sencha
$13.00 – $240.00