Mine Kaori, lit. 'mountain peak aroma', is another cultivar developed in Miyazaki prefecture in 1988 from Yabukita and Unkai, the latter being a kamairicha cultivar also. The influence of Unkai's assamica heritage can be detected as a familiar taste profile in this Mine Kaori wakoucha. Of our four wakoucha from Miyazaki Sabou, the Mine Kaori is most similar to the Yamanami but the dried fruit sweetness and pleasant saliva inducing astringency is more pronounced. Mine Kaori is a great starting point for those who typically drink Indian black tea and are looking to explore the rare world of Japanese black teas.
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: Second harvest June
○ Impressions: Red cherry, raisin, parsnip
○ Net weight: 40g
○ Servings: 13 first infusions using 3g
|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.