Growing at an altitude of 500m above sea level, this Benifuki 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.
About the tea
・Origin: Yame, Fukuoka, Japan (single estate).
・Farmer: Masashi Harajima.
・Type: Black tea – Wakōcha.
・Cultivar: Benifuki cultivar.
・Harvest: May 18, 2019.
・Tea bush age: 15 years.
Cultivar chart – 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.
About the tea garden
・Name: Yama-no-Ue (山の上).
・Area: 18 ares.
・Category: Tea farm.
・Soil type: Red – yellow Loamy soil.
・Direction an 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 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.
Measurements per portion.
・Amount of tea ：4~5g
・Steep duration：2~3 min
Suggested no. of infusions: [3~5]
A hotter temperature better extracts the tea’s delicious aromas.