Minami Sayaka, lit. 'southern freshness', manages to shine in the right hands, as a sencha, kamairicha, black tea and even a semi-oxidized Tawainese-esque oolong. Known for its highly floral, buttery scent and taste as a sencha, here as a back tea, the floral aspect has receded somewhat while a fruity sweetness is emphasized. The vibrant orange liquor coats the tongue like a buttery, jam spread croissant and persists with a refreshing sweetness well after being finished. As with all the Miyazaki black teas, experiment with letting the tea cool before drinking for a different taste profile.
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 andfamily craftmulti-awardwinning, 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
○Net weight: 40g
○Servings: 13 first infusions using 3g
2 to 3 minutes
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.