Nootka rose is a native species along the Westcoast from British Columbia to Oregon with deeply fragrant and profuse, small pink flowers commonly found along the edges of pastures. In the right conditions, such as a cool Autumn mornings, the fragrance of the entire shrub can be smelled. This wakoucha is that moment. Very forgiving with a light astringency, low floral notes combined with a woodsy aspect and a lasting sweetness on the tongue. Very enjoyable when cooled.
Four hours by train from Wakayama, following the mountainous coast much of the way where fishing is the obvious industry, you'll arrive in Nachikatsuura, a short drive from Minamiōi. Dai Oizumi came here in 2006 seeking, like many people, a return to the land and a simpler life of farming and self-sufficiency. Although not a well known tea producing region, there are a number of tea gardens tucked into the mountains, like the one in Irokawa I visited this past year.
Since 2012, Dai-san has been crafting a number of high quality teas, with a natural ability, that are a true expression of himself...Unassuming but with great depth. He produces naturally grown, chemical free tea under the name Dokodemosora or Endless Sky, meaning a world without boundary.
○ Origin: Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama-ken, Japan
○ Cultivar: Yabukita
○ Harvest: Spring 2018
○ Impressions: Rose, woodsy, forgiving astringency, lasting sweetness.
○ Net weight: 40g
○ Servings: 13 first infusions using 3g
○ Tea Leaf：3g
○ Water temperature：98℃ (208℉)
○ Water amount：100ml
○ Steep duration：2.5 - 3 mins.
As with many of our teas, this tea can be steeped several times. Second infusions are usually made with slightly hotter water and about half the time. Third or fourth infusions require longer times of 90+ seconds. Please remember, these are guidelines to get you started and you may find your preference is to adjust them.