Oolong Kiriyama is a delicate, lightly oxidized tea expertly crafted by Matsumoto-san using first harvest Yabukita leaves. The light green, twisted dry leaf produces a light bodied liquor with mild bitterness and satisfying sweetness. Tastes of dried tart fruit and jasmine make for a truly enjoyable tea to explore.
Matsumoto-san and family still produce tea on the Makinohara plateau where their ancestors began, about seventy years ago during the Edo period. They continue to this day to use the traditional chagusaba, or tea-grass farming method, to nourish the soil and grow superior tea plants. Chagusaba, a UN recognized agricultural system, are semi-natural grasslands, interspersed between tea fields, that help maintain biodiversity and endangered habitats.
○ Origin: Makinohara, Shizuoka, Japan
○ Cultivar: Yabukita
○ Harvest: First harvest May 2018
○ Impressions: Dried green apple, quince, dried Jasmine
○ Net weight: 40g
○ Servings: 10 first infusions using 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.