Grown at the impressive altitude of 600m, this elegant organic sencha delivers the classic hallmarks of a yamacha (山茶 – mountain tea), with a crisp, refreshing aroma, structured taste, natural sweetness, and lasting finish.
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.
Tatsuyama is a northern subregion of Tenryu located further up the Tenryu river. This tea came from a field located at an altitude of 600m, which is incredibly high for Japan. 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.
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Osada Seicha (おさだ製茶)