Gokase is the premier region for the relatively rare, pan roasted green tea, kamairicha. It’s here, tucked in mountainous highlands of NW Miyazaki prefecture that Akira-san and family craft multi-award winning, JAS organic kamairicha, sannenbancha and black tea.
Miyazaki Sabou’s tea fields are found at a relatively high altitude, around 650m, and, although located closer towards the tropical belt, summer evenings are cooler and winters are cold. This contrast hardens the plants, concentrating their essence much the same as harder conditions can enhance the flavour of wine grapes.
1985 - Returned to organic farming methods
2001 - Granted JAS organic certification
2002 - Emperor’s Cup honour at Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival
2003 - Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) award for kamairicha at All Japan Tea Ceremony
2006 - MAFF Award for kamairicha at Kyushu Tea Exhibition
2008 - UK Great Taste Award Gold for wakoucha, black tea
2014 - Nihoncha Award Grand Prize and Platinum award
2016 - Nihoncha Award for kamairicha
2017 - Nihoncha Award Platinum award for kamaircha and Special award for hojicha
2018 - Special award for wakoucha, black tea