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.
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.