Tea tasting: Organic black tea (Nukumori-en Yururi)

This tea was one of several Shizuoka black tea gifts that I received recently. Nukumori-en Yururi is a traditional farm in Ogouchi village, Shimizu Ward, central Shizuoka, operated by the Nishiyama family. The closest train station would be Okitsu Station on the Tokaido line, but you'd need a car to reach the place. The Nishiyamas … Continue reading Tea tasting: Organic black tea (Nukumori-en Yururi)

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Tea tasting: Koganemidori sencha (Koganemidori Chaen)

Revisiting the taste of this unique hakuyoucha or white-leaf tea after I have first tasted it in November 2019. To learn more about the previous tasting experience, click HERE. Koganemidori, just like its name 'golden green' implies, is characterised by its golden-coloured leaves that don't look like any regular tea leaves. However, it is still … Continue reading Tea tasting: Koganemidori sencha (Koganemidori Chaen)

Japan Tea Week Malaysia 2022 (World Ocha Festival special!)

I was feeling kinda down because I couldn’t make it to this year’s World Ocha Festival, which is currently happening in Shizuoka. I thought I could make it there, but as August crept by, I knew I couldn’t get any affordable flights to Japan even if it reopens fully before the festival (for a recap … Continue reading Japan Tea Week Malaysia 2022 (World Ocha Festival special!)

Tea tasting: Daisen no Kaori Kuroboku Bancha (Nagata Chamise)

Tottori is Japan's least populated prefecture, and probably most well-known for its sand dunes, which had inspired Abe Kobo's 1962 classic novel 'Suna no Onna' or 'The Woman in the Dunes'. Other than that, it's also known for its Mizuki Shigeru connection in the port city of Sakaiminato. Occasionally it appears in some list of … Continue reading Tea tasting: Daisen no Kaori Kuroboku Bancha (Nagata Chamise)

Tea tasting: Yamanami cultivar Kamairicha (Miyazaki Sabou)

Wow, it's almost a month since I last posted anything here. So slack. Hah. Lately I'm more into kamairicha, even bought a couple of teas that I had previously bought, including a rare one from Shimane prefecture. The tea I'm talking about today is a kamairicha from Miyazaki prefecture. Actually I have opened the tea … Continue reading Tea tasting: Yamanami cultivar Kamairicha (Miyazaki Sabou)

Tea tasting: Ureshino Saemidori Mikkou Koucha (Ota Shigeki Seicha Kojo)

Mikkou koucha or honey-scented black tea is one of the more unusual black teas from Japan. Honey-scented here doesn't mean adding any fragrance or flavouring to the tea, but is a natural occurence after tea leaves are bitten by an insect known as unka or planthopper that usually appear during the summer. A famous bug-bitten … Continue reading Tea tasting: Ureshino Saemidori Mikkou Koucha (Ota Shigeki Seicha Kojo)

In the news: Matcha improves sleep quality, social cognitive function

Good news for matcha lovers! 🍵💚 We know theanine contained in matcha has been previously reported to be effective in relieving stress, improving sleep, and improving working memory. This time, it was officially confirmed in the world's first clinical trial that matcha is not only delicious, but also good in several important ways. Tea producer Ito … Continue reading In the news: Matcha improves sleep quality, social cognitive function

Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Nakaisamurai Meicha First Flush Organic Green (Nakaya Nouen)

I have been really slack in updating this blog. Too many things happening in real life, well, mostly work. Now that the pandemic has been declared endemic in my country, most things have resumed to pre-Covid days, including large-scale events that I have to attend. It's like, I had content materials but then as time … Continue reading Tea tasting: 2022 Shincha – Nakaisamurai Meicha First Flush Organic Green (Nakaya Nouen)