Organic Tatsuyama Yabukita Sencha

Organic Tatsuyama Yabukita Sencha

Regular price $18.00
  • 50 grams
  • Single Origin | Single Cultivar
  • Ships from the United States
  • In stock, ready to ship
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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.

Cultivar: Yabukita

Region: Tatsuyama, Tenryu, Shizuoka

Producer: Osada Seicha

Harvested: May 3, 2022

Elevation: 600m

Picking: Riding-type Machine

Brewing Instructions

Tea/Water Ratio

2g per 50ml of water
(.07oz per 1.7oz)

Water Temperature

80ºC (176ºF)

Brewing Time

60 seconds

Meet the Producer

Osada Seicha (おさだ製茶)

Cultivar: Yabukita

Yabukita is the de facto standard tea cultivar across Japan against which all others are compared, and accounts for 75% of tea fields by area. Its name means ‘north of the bamboo grove’ alluding to its selection in 1908 from a sample of Shizuoka Zairai from the north side of a bamboo grove.

Since its official registration in 1953, it has become incredibly popular due to its frost-resistance, yield, strong aroma, and balanced taste. Its flavour has since become practically synonymous with Japanese tea.

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