TSUJI ASAHI + GOKOU | Competition Grade, Milled in Vancouver
We closed 2021 by jumping into a new rabbit hole: tencha blending and micro-milling.
This particular batch required building some courage: Tsuji San is obsessed with the quest for perfection, and there is an insane amount of work in the production of his tencha. However, the pressures that we felt about handling these leaves was very rewarded by the goosebumps-inducing-aroma of matcha as it came out of the mill. We hope you enjoy!Grower: Tsuji Kiyoharu personifies the Zen concept of ShoShin (初心 | beginner’s heart). It is hard to think of a more highly or consistently awarded tea grower in Japan; it is also hard to find people who wake up in wonder every day about how much there is to learn or create.Micro-Region: Uji Shirakawa, Kyoto, Japan
Tencha Harvest: early May, 2021Cultivars: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.Asahi (朝日) is one of the most finicky yet rewarding tea cultivars; producing plump, juicy leaves with monster umami, it is highly valued in the Kanzai region for shaded tea. It is, for a reason that escapes our knowledge, not a registered cultivar at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. We strongly recommend trying this tea as koicha (at least once), or an usucha that is a bit more loaded than normal. If you can get your hands on some mochi, please consider pairing it with this tea to celebrate the 2021 Lunar New Year.Recommendations:This is not traditional... but we recommend biting a juicy strawberry (acting as a wagashi) before sipping this tea as strong usucha or koicha.
IMPORTANT: we offer this tea in 20g re-fill packs, freshly milled and packed by Tsuji San at origin. If you wish to add a Japanese airtight (collectible, re-usable) tin, please do so here.
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