Korogi Planthopper Yabukita Wakocha
Yōichi Kōrogi is a leading figure in the manufacturing of kamairi-cha, but also likes to experiment. This Yabukita wakocha of planthopper affected tealeaves is only a recent discovery.
About the tea
・Origin: Gokase, Miyazaki, Japan (single estate).
・Farmer: Yōichi Kōrogi.
・Type: Black tea - Wakocha.
・Harvest: September 22, 2017.
・Tea bush age: 40 years.
Cultivar chart - Yabukita
・Breeder: Sugiyama Hikosaburō.
・History: Discovered at Sugiyama’s tea garden north of his bamboo grove. Hence the naming ‘Yabukita’. Chosen as promoted cultivar in 1945, registered as # 6 in 1953.
・Growth: Mid-season grower, taken as the yardstick for other cultivars.
・Specifications: Strong growth and good yield; Average cold and disease resistance; Excels in quality criteria.
・Cold resistance: Fairly strong against cold and average against frost damage.
・Suitable land: Versatile. Grows in Shizuoka and Kyushu. Is highly adaptable, which is why it is chosen as the preferred cultivar throughout Japan, now for over 70% in use at tea farms.
It is during the summer months that planthoppers (also called leafhoppers) are often found in tea gardens. They are tiny green insects that bite the leaf and cause it to react to protect itself. Through this defensive reaction, the tealeaf emits a specific chemical that produces a unique scent. For this tea reacting leaf from Yabukita bushes is employed.
About the tea garden
・Name: Tabako-ya (たばこ屋).
・Area: 20 ares.
・Category: Tea farm.
・Soil type: Crumbly black porous hardened lava topsoil.
・Direction an angle: North - South horizontal surface.
About the climate
・Surroundings and environmental circumstances: Yōichi’s farms are situated in this central area on the Kyūshū mountain range, at an altitude of 600 to 650m above sea level. In summer it is cool, and in winter this region is treated with good amounts of snow. The temperature differences between day and night are large, while most mornings produce a thick mist over the mountains. These are all features that are specific to mountainous areas and that – in contradiction to flat areas – have always been considered more beneficial to the growth of tea, summer and autumn vegetables and rice.
Harvested before fertilising the garden in preparation for next year.
Measurements per portion.
・Amount of tea ：4~5g
・Steep duration：90 sec
Suggested no. of infusions: 
Continues to give a milky body throughout 4 brews.
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