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Kamairicha Zairai by Miyazaki Sabou from Yannoko Tea Co.
Kamairicha Zairai
Kamairicha Zairai
Kamairicha Zairai
Kamairicha Zairai

Kamairicha Zairai

$ 9.90

Zairai 在来 means 'native' and refers to a very broad group of tea bushes that are the result of the natural pollination process where the flower from one bush and the pollen from another combine to create a seedling with unique characteristics.  This variation combined with relatively lower yield means Zairai fields are very rare.

Miyazaki-san's skill shows in working with this botanical variety.  The clear, pale liquor is light bodied but coats the mouth with a smooth buttery feel. At first there is a mild sweetness with soft notes of artichoke, dried jasmine and hazelnut followed by a very mild bitterness and light astrigent, cooling sensation in the mouth.  A slight pungent spiciness can be perceived on the leaves just after steeping.

If you have a few cupping sets on hand, it's well worth a side by side comparison with the Kamairicha Mine Kaori and Kamairicha Oku Midori.

Read more about Zairai at myjapanesegreentea.com.

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.

SPECIFICS

○ Origin:  Gokase, Miyazaki, Japan

○ Cultivar:  Zairai

○ Harvest:  1st harvest May

○ Impressions: Artichoke, hazelnut, dried Jasmine

 Net weight: 40g

 Servings 10 first infusions at 4g

PREPARATION

   4g     60 seconds
  120ml   80℃ (176℉)

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.