A rich, bold flavoured, energizing black tea. As you bloom this tea, it feels like cracking open a freshly used wine barrel; notes of grape stained oak are dominant. As the tea settles, you can also perceive the aroma of dried flowers.
What is Benifuki?
Benifuki (べにふうき, also romanized as ‘benifuuki’) is perhaps Japan’s most popular cultivar for black tea. It was developed in Japan, in the 1960’s, by crossing an Assamica cultivar (Benihomare) with a Sinensis cultivar that was popular in Darjeeling (MakuraCd86). This cultivar was developed in Kagoshima, not far from where Furuichi San’s tea grows.
Black Tea (Wakoucha)
Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan
Grape Stained Oak | Dried Flowers
100℃ | 240ml
60 seconds | 2 steeps (bloom first)
About The Grower
After World War II, grandfather Furuichi had only a bike and a love for tea. He biked through the Chiran region in Japan buying tea leaves and making his own tea. Now his tea company is run by three generations of the Furuichi family and produces some of the best sencha we’ve ever had. They use top of the line equipment and over 10 different cultivars to produce tea that bursts with citrus notes and tastes like nothing we’ve ever had before.