Tea tasting: Kaori Kamacha Yamasemi Zairai (Suzuki Chaen)

This is the second product of Suzuki Chaen that I have tasted, the previous one was a sencha made of a rare cultivar known as Rokurou. You can learn more about the farm in that earlier blog post. Kamairicha is another one of their key products. However, theirs is slightly different compared to other kamairicha. … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kaori Kamacha Yamasemi Zairai (Suzuki Chaen)

Tea tasting: Old Books ~ A Shoumei Age Comparison (Yuanming Tea Garden / One River Tea)

Happy New Year! Starting 2022 with a couple of old (aged) teas. According to One River Tea, this set is intended as an exploration of how white tea changes over time. I bought this sample set of two Shoumei white teas last year and let them sit in the tea cupboard until now. There's 40g … Continue reading Tea tasting: Old Books ~ A Shoumei Age Comparison (Yuanming Tea Garden / One River Tea)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea blending experience in the heart of Shizuoka City

Single-origin tea may be all the rage now, but tea blending or 合組 (gougumi) is still an essential manufacturing process in tea production. In Japan particularly, gougumi is a traditional method that has been perfected over time and performed by highly skilled tea masters. The tea farmers produce excellent crude tea (aracha), which is the … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea blending experience in the heart of Shizuoka City

Teatime snack: Yuzukoshou Senbei (Naruto Chidori Honpo)

Besides ‘traveling’ to Japan with tea these days, I’ve also been traveling with food and snacks that I bought online. Just received some yuzu-based food yesterday. I bought yuzu-flavoured ramen and yuzu miso. The snack item I got doesn’t quite fit the theme, even though it’s called yuzukoshou senbei. Then again, I wasn’t planning for … Continue reading Teatime snack: Yuzukoshou Senbei (Naruto Chidori Honpo)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Enjoy teatime at a farm with superb views of Mt Fuji

Many tea farms on the elevated parts of central Shizuoka offer glimpses of the distant Mt Fuji, located on the prefecture's east. On certain elevations, when the weather conditions permit, one will not only have a superb view of Mt Fuji but also a sea of clouds that appear to suspend over the lush green … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Enjoy teatime at a farm with superb views of Mt Fuji

75th National Tea Competition of Japan results

The National Tea Competition of Japan (Zenkoku Cha Hinpyoukai) is an annual competition organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) with the objective to constantly improving the quality of Japanese tea. It is arguably THE most prestigious competition for tea producers as it evaluates quality teas from all over Japan and awards … Continue reading 75th National Tea Competition of Japan results

Tea tasting: Fuushun cultivar Yamato Mikkou Koucha (Mitocha Nouen)

This is another honey-scented Japanese black tea that I bought earlier this year. I have tasted one from Miyazaki prefecture before, and there's one more that I'm letting it age a little longer. Honey-scented here doesn't refer to the addition of artificial fragrance, but one that's a natural result after the tea leaves got bitten … Continue reading Tea tasting: Fuushun cultivar Yamato Mikkou Koucha (Mitocha Nouen)

Special Focus on Shizuoka: An organic artisanal tea farm in Kawane

Kawane-cha is widely lauded as top-quality tea since the Edo period. It even made its mark abroad as early as 1893 when it earned an award for 'exceptionally fine, quality of infusion' at the Chicago's World Fair. Since then Kawane-cha is constantly winning awards, both domestically and internationally. Its home is Kawane, located at the … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: An organic artisanal tea farm in Kawane