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LEARN: About Matcha Shan Ryu & Elderflowers

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MATCHA SHAN RYU 山龍 - SC GOKOU 

 

Our latest addition from Yoshida San's gardens. Like Un Ryu, it was designed as an everyday treat; but it works quite well for koicha too.

This has recently become one of our favourite cultivars from the Kansai region.

Gokou (ごこう) was propagated from a ‘zairai’ (seedling) tea plant that grew in Uji in the 1950’s. With dark, rich colour and monster umami when grown in shade, gokou is a fairly popular cultivar for gyokuro and kabuse tea; it is, however, surprisingly uncommon for matcha. 

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ELDERFLOWERS

 

Vibrant yet soothing, gently floral & earthy, this beautiful tisane tastes like Quebec in the spring. Or in Geoff's words... it's like chamomile's cooler, more interesting cousin. 

 
We purchase our elderflowers from some lovely folks over in St. Bernard De Lacolle, Quebec, where they were the first in the region to grow them (despite the plant being native to Quebec).

Elderflowers have a long history of not only being used as a medicinal tea, but also of being related to magic and fairies.  

 


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  • Hey Doug!

    Thank you for the kind words.
    I’ve added you to our newsletter distribution list, and have emailed you a 15% off coupon as thanks for subscribing.

    Cheers!
    Taryn @ O5

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  • my sister in law in Vancouver sent me some of your 2019 Chiran Shincha, and I love it. Many years ago I studied chanoyu and am a dedicated drinker of fine green and Taiwan oolong teas which I get through Silk Road and Red Blossom in San Francisco. Most of the sencha, gyokuryo and match that I drink I’ve gotten from Japan and I’m impressed by the variety of Japanese tea and tea ware that you have as well as the information that you post.. I would love to be added to your blog and newsletter list, if that would be possible. With a deep bow, Doug

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