I have been fascinated by the rare Japanese tea cultivar known as Sunrouge for a long time. It was a cross between Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Taliensis, which produced reddish/purplish tea leaves. Rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant compounds commonly found in purple-coloured foods, the Sunrouge cultivar has been the subject of much scientific research … Continue reading Tea tasting: Pink Tea (Sunrouge)
In Japan, the cultivated variety or cultivar of tea known as Yabukita accounts for about three quarters of national tea production since its development in the 1950s. However, even though it is the dominant cultivar, there are also other cultivars developed and sold. It is perceived that cultivar diversity is a good thing for the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Chakura’s Emerald Drop
When the box of teas arrived from Renegade Tea Estate, the first tea that caught my eye was this. Almost Oolong. As always, I love ziplocked packaging and I really admire how the teas come with comprehensive information on the packaging. It goes beyond the usual minimalist labels that are commonly found on many tea … Continue reading Tea tasting: Zhoneti Jimmi Almost Oolong
I don’t remember how did I come across Renegade Tea Estate’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, I think it was floating around on Facebook, but it was interesting enough for me to take a gamble. I contributed USD75 to get myself a tea bush in rural Georgia (the country, not the American state!) and 300g worth of … Continue reading Renegade teas arrived!
Surrounded by mountains along the Oigawa River, Kawanehon area in central Shizuoka is ideal for tea production. Tea from this area is generally known as Kawanecha. I bought this Kawane shincha (literally new tea or tea picked from new young leaves in the first harvest) from Kawane Bussan Company, located just opposite Senzu Station on … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kawane shincha
A few tea friends attempted to make sparkling tea before, so I thought I would give it a try too. Some didn't have a very successful attempt, and with no set recipe on how to go about, I decided to use the usual cold-brew method. Not quite sure what sparkling/carbonated mineral water to buy, I … Continue reading Homemade sparkling tea
This was a sample teabag I got from a special gashapon machine at 897.4 Chaya near Houraibashi in Shimada city, Shizuoka prefecture. One of the shop personnel insisted that I give it a try, so I did. It had been awhile since I last played gashapon. After she explained that the contents were not the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Asahien fukamushi sencha