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OKUMIDORI (おくみどり) | Gifu Single Cultivar Sencha - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
OKUMIDORI (おくみどり) | Gifu Single Cultivar Sencha - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

2022 OKUMIDORI GIFU SENCHA

$20.00

  • Intense umami; notes of edamame and misoshiro on a vibrantly green brew.

    This tea was selected for the September issue of our Steamed Tea Club Subscription

    GROWER: Suzumura, Kakamu and Taniguchi.

    MICRO-TERROIR:  Kurokawa (黑川), which at an altitude of 650m, represents the highest micro-terroir in Gifu-Shirakawa.  The cold climate of this region results in traditionally later harvests vs. most other parts of Japan; the weather in Suzumura San's tea is even cooler.

    GPS:   35°35'30"N 137°20'49"E   |   650m a.s.l

    CULTIVAR:  OKUMIDORI (おくみどり) has long been one of our favourite cultivars.  With rich umami and low astringency, this relatively rare cultivar (reportedly accounting for less than 3% of Japan’s yearly harvest) was first developed for sencha, in Shizuoka, in the 1970s.  In Suzumura San's farm, this cultivar adapted very well to cooler springs.

     

    BREWING GUIDE

    WATER 70℃  240ml | 8oz
    TEA 4g
    STEEP STYLE 60" | multiple steeps


    ABOUT THE ORIGIN

    Gifu's Shirakawa Guchi is a fairly unexplored yet fascinating Japanese terroir.
    North of Nagoya, not far from the battlefield of Sekigahara, this terroir is too rocky and too cold to compete in production quantities with more famous origins like Kagoshima and Shizuoka.

    We visited this beautiful place thanks to an invitation from our good friend Okuma San, who was hired to help local growers market their (we strongly believe) delicious yet quite unrecognized tea.

    Some cool facts:
    • The harvest usually happens 2-3 weeks after that of most gardens in the Uji / Kyoto regions. The micro-climate is quite cold.
    • We found a bunch of beautiful, wild tea plants scattered all over the cedar forest. Sun-dried on the dashboard of our truck… these leaves brew delicious tea!
    • Until the mid 20th century, most people traditionally made Kamairi (pan-fired) tea in this region; Yuji San demonstrated a ‘country style’ technique.
    • The village onsen is fire!
    • They have a 100-year-old kabuki theatre where locals practice this most interesting art.

  • Tea Bar Hours

    SUN 12:00PM - 7:00PM
    MON - THURS 12:00PM - 6:00PM
    FRI - SAT 12:00PM - 8:00PM
     

    Location

    2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
    1.604.558.0500

     

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