Tea tasting: Hokumei cultivar

I was reminded that I have a sample of this cultivar after reading a blog post by Eustea Reads recently. I have been enjoying the freshness of shincha teas, so didn't get to try this until today. It was a sample received from Florent-san of Thes du Japon when I ordered a shincha from him. … Continue reading Tea tasting: Hokumei cultivar

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Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saeakari cultivar) from Kumamoto

The town of Mashiki in central Kumamoto is mostly an agricultural hub, not too far from the prefectural capital of Kumamoto City. Among its famous produce are watermelons, persimmons and satsumaimo (sweet potato). It is also home to Kumamoto Airport. However, its name is more known for an unfortunate disaster. Mashiki was near the epicentre … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saeakari cultivar) from Kumamoto

Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saemidori cultivar) from Sonogi

The area north of Nagasaki prefecture, bordering with Saga prefecture and overlooking the scenic Omura Bay, has a long history of tea cultivation that goes back to the Edo period. This area is known as Higashi-Sonogi (東彼杵), while the tea produced here is known as Sonogi tea (そのぎ茶). It is also the largest tea production … Continue reading Tea tasting: Shincha 2020 (Saemidori cultivar) from Sonogi