Organic Tenryu Okumidori Matcha

Organic Tenryu Okumidori Matcha

Regular price $22.00
  • 20 grams
  • Single Origin | Single Cultivar
  • Ships from the United States
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A strong firing brings out Okumidori’s signature rich, nutty flavour and vibrant colour in this organic matcha from the mountains of Tenryu, Shizuoka.

Tenryu is the westernmost of Shizuoka's three mountainous tea-growing regions, with tea fields dotting the mountains that flank the Tenryu River and its tributaries. Like other mountain teas (山茶 – yamacha) from Honyama and Kawane, Tenryu tea is praised for its transparent and elegant taste, deriving from the mineral rich soil and the subtle, natural shade of fog and mountains. Compared to the Honyama and Kawane teas, Tenryu fields are typically planted further up the mountains, at higher altitudes and nestled away from pollution. Typically unshaded and lightly-steamed, Tenryu sencha is known for its clear, crisp taste, and distinctive aroma, known as yama no kaori (山の香) or mountain aroma.

Located deep within the mountains, the Isagawa valley extends off of the Fudou river, which feeds into the Keta river (a major tributary of the Tenryu river) and is part of the Haruno subregion of Tenryu. Its relative isolation and remote location makes Isagawa the ideal place for organic tea cultivation as there is no risk of runoff from neighbouring farms. The organic tea plantation here spans 20 hectares running from 300-600m in altitude. The cooler temperatures and rich soils afforded by this high altitude mean no pesticides or chemical fertilisers are necessary. In addition to the natural shading that mountain plantations enjoy, the high altitude also slows the tea plant’s growth, resulting in richer teas.

Cultivar: Okumidori

Region: Tatsuyama, Tenryu, Shizuoka

Producer: Osada Seicha

Harvested: May 25th, 2022

Elevation: 400m

Shading: 27 Days

Picking: Handheld Machine

Brewing Instructions

Tea/Water Ratio

1.5-2g (2 tea scoops)
60ml (2oz) of water

Water Temperature

70º C (158ºF)


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Osada Seicha (おさだ製茶)

Cultivar: Okumidori

A very popular cultivar, Okumidori was registered in 1974 and is a hybrid between Yabukita and a Shizuoka Zairai. Like all cultivars that begin with ‘oku-’, it is a late-budding cultivar which means it is more frost resistant, but must be harvested later.

Though developed for sencha, Okumidori is also used for matcha and gyokuro with great results. Lacking a particularly strong character, it produces a well-balanced tea with a deeper, greener colour.

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