kabusecha futsumushi from Niyodogawa, Yabukita cultivar.
Rare tea from the remote island of Shikoku. This tea was hard to find. Unfortunately, the tea industry on Shikoku is not thriving. In fact, it's disappearing. But there are still pockets of motivated farmers fighting tooth and nails to keep their craft alive. You can follow this tea hunt on my YouTube channel.
Very soft and rich kabusecha from a small cooperative of farmers (8 families) in Ikegawa on Shikoku island. This is the type of project I'd support any day all day.
Superb profile, full aromas with a lighter taste, rather sweet than bitter or astringent. Delicate umami to round things up.
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origin: Ikegawa, Niyodogawa, Kōchi prefecture, Shikoku island
steaming: 45 sec - futsumushi
shading: 13 days
harvest: April 22