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Minami Sayaka, lit. 'southern freshness', manages to shine, in the right hands, as a sencha, kamairicha, black tea and here as a lightly-oxidized Tawainese style oolong. Skillfully crafted, slightly curled leaves produce a delicate liquor with mild bitterness and sweetness and notes of dried fruit and white flowers.
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: Minami Sayaka
○ Harvest: First harvest May
○ Impressions: Dried magnolia, dried pear, lily of the valley
○ Net weight: 40g
○ Servings: 13 first infusions using 3g
|3g||2 to 3 minutes|
Suggested number of infusions - 1 or 2 - Decrease time by half for the second infusion then increase time for each successive infusion.
Please read our Tea Brewing Guide for more detailed tea preparation instructions.
Please remember, these are guidelines to get you started and you may find your preference is to adjust them.