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Due the relative rarity and specific regionality of kamairicha, few cultivars are developed specifically for its production. Mine Kaori, lit. 'mountain peak aroma', from Miyazaki prefecture, is one of them and is appreciated for its bright fragrance.
Miyazaki-san's Kamairicha Mine Kaori has similar characteristics with regard to softness, sweetness and mouthfeel when compared to the Zairai and Oku Midori. Soft edges, little or no bitterness and a refreshing, light astringency that persists. What you'll notice differently though, in the taste and the feeling, is a certain floral brightness that makes the eyes light up. Tasting notes are tend towards buttered spinach, roasted corn, steamed zucchini and brussel sprouts.
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 higher 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.
○ Origin: Gokase, Miyazaki, Japan
○ Cultivar: Mine Kaori
○ Harvest: 1st harvest May
○ Impressions: buttered spinach, roasted corn, steamed zucchini
○ Net weight: 40g
○ Servings: 10 first infusions at 4g
As with most of our teas, this tea can be steeped several times. Second infusions are usually for about 2 minutes. Third or fourth infusions require longer times of 3 to 4 minutes. Please remember, these are guidelines to get you started and you may find your preference is to adjust them.