Wazuka Tea Matsuri - Tanaka Yohei Sencha
A limited edition tea, selected by the tea grower himself to showcase the land of Wazuka among tea lovers in North America. We chose three young growers that are proud of their traditions and are particularly keen to share them with you.
At O5, we usually share our opinion about every tea, and suggest brewing guidelines. With this line in particular, we would like you to hear directly from the growers. The tea information below is a direct translation of the information that each grower wants to share with you. Enjoy!
Sencha by Tanaka Yohei, Minato Kenichiro and Imanishi Tetsuya
A Traditional Tea Festival (Matsuri)... moved to the virtual universe in 2020.
This tea is part of a limited edition line that we launched to celebrate 'Teatopia', the annual tea festival celebrated in Wazuka (Kyoto), one of the most revered origins for tea in Japan.
2020's unique events and the desire to keep the elderly farmers of Wazuka in good health, drove the organizers of Teatopia to host the event online this November. We invite you to check out all the cool activities (learn how to make art on matcha, watch a master craft tea by hand...) here: https://live.chagenkyo-matsuri.jp
This tea, in the words of Tanaka Yohei.
TYPE SENCHA (STEAMED GREEN) CULTIVAR Yabukita
ORIGIN Koya, Wazuka (Kyoto), Japan
GPS 34.7ºN 135.8ºE GROWER Tanaka Yohei
Harvest date: May 12
About this tea: The plantation where this tea was harvested is particularly for gifting to my family and friends. Since I do not have to calculate the cost and other things, I can express my passion in this tea without any constraint.
I have the luxury of fertilizing the land in the best way I believe and harvesting on the day that I think is the best. Something unique about Seiwa-en is what is called ""the aroma of fire (火香 hika)"" (comes from the drying process). Our tea is known for having a strong aroma of the fire. In order to achieve this, we have been forcusing on enriching the soil since this aroma can only be achieved with enough nutrients from the soil."
About the harvest this year: "It was the most difficult year in recent 10 years to be honest because of the abnormal climate. I felt that all the theories that we have accumulated did not apply at all, and that is why I was able to pour even more thoughts into growing our tea. I am very happy with the tea that I am sending you."
Grower's message to tea drinkers in North America: 2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, and it is the same for tea farmers. However, we will continue to make an effort in producing quality teas from Wazuka. I hope you can have a moment to pause and relax, appreciate what's around you with a cup of tea from us.
Grower's brewing suggestions: Any temperature you like from 100℃ to cold-brew.
(I think the best way is "umadashi", brew it with 50-65℃ for 1-2min).
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