【Wakōcha】Yame First Flush Benifuki Black Tea 2019

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$15.00

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

Spring harvest Japanese ‘Wakōcha’ black tea from the Benifuki cultivar.
Growing at an altitude of 500m above sea level, this first flush black tea has received a full bodied character with a delicious sweetness and aroma.
The manufacturer observes a 100% natural approach to his tea cultivation.

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Single Estate
Yame, Fukuoka, Japan.

Single Cultivar
Benifuki cultivar.
15 years old.

Black Tea
Organic Wakōcha.

New Harvest
May 18, 2019.

About the production process

Manufacturing

Withering – kneading – oxidation fermentation – fixing – drying.

Additional comments

In order not to damage the leaf too severely special care has been taken in gently kneading the leaf.
This allows the leaf to unfurl throughout infusion and gradually reveal its original shape again.

Join me on a visit to this tea farmer

About the manufacturer

Masashi Harajima

President at  CHIYONO-EN

To produce a healthy and delicious tea he tends to his bushes on a daily basis. As a result he has been able to obtain the price for the best tea from the Japanese ministry of agriculture three times now. His endeavor to guide people to alternative ways of consuming and enjoying tea has led him be receive instructor ship in a school of sencha tea ceremony and continues to study pleasant ways to enjoy tea in a contemporary setting.

650 meters above sea leavel
3 times MAFF best tea prize

About the tea garden

Yama-no-Ue

山の上

18 ares.
Tea Farm.
Altitude 550m.

Yabe is a small village in the mountains of Yame city in Fukuoka prefecture. The farms of Chiyono-en are situated at an altitude of 400 to 650 meters high. This is one of the highest altitudes for tea manufacturing in Japan. In summer the precincts are comparatively cooler as opposed to other regions, and in winter the farms are covered in thick layers of snow. 

 

Soil type
Red – yellow Loamy soil.

Direction and angle:
3% slope.

Ridge direction and shape:
East to west crescent shaped lanes of bushes.

About the climate

Climate:
Especially cool in summer. In winter the bushes get covered in thick layers of snow.

Surroundings and environmental circumstances:
The tea garden is surrounded by forest on all 4 sides. the morning sun reaches the bushes early. In the evening the sun disappears rather soon.

About the tea cultivar species

Cultivar details - Benifuki

Breeder
Tea and vegetable Research institute in Mie Prefecture.

History:
Registered in 1993 as number #44. The mother of this variety is the Benihomare cultivar, which is a direct descendant of Assam’s native species, and was mated with the ‘Makura Cd86’ cultivar, a variety with Indian Darjeeling roots. It was chosen in favor its fermentation potential, producing a balanced black tea with aroma, color and flavor gathered together in a harmonious whole. When produced as an oolong it is said to have great potential for the production of the ‘Iron Goddess’ or Tieguanyin.

Growth:
Intermediary grower, 7~9 days prior to Benihikari. 1~2 days later than Yabukita.

Specifications:
Strong against most of the primary diseases common on tea bushes.

Suitable land
Best suited for growth in areas with a mild climate, where winter colds are not too fierce.

Brewing guidelines

Suggested measurements for 1 portion.

Amount of tea

4~5g

Water temperature

98℃

Water amount

200cc

Steeping duration

2~3 min

Suggested no. of infusions: [3~5]

Additional comments:

A hotter temperature better extracts the tea’s delicious aromas.

View my introduction to this tea:

【Wakōcha】Yame First Flush Benifuki Black Tea 2019

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Weight50 g
Size

HS-code

0902.30.00

1 review for 【Wakōcha】Yame First Flush Benifuki Black Tea 2019

  1. Silavie Thoenen (verified owner)

    Congratulation! This is a really wonderful black tea!
    I love the sweetnees and elegance, no bitter taste at all…its full body and aftertaste is pur pleasure…i would love to buy 100g packages with a reduced price…

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