Nihoncha Award organisers’ interviews with past Platinum winners

Nihoncha Award is one of the many tea competitions in Japan. It is organised annually since 2014 by the Nihoncha Instructor Association together with the Nihoncha Award Executive Committee and Japanese Tea Examination Council. Winners are selected after several rounds of evaluation by both tea industry experts as well as consumers. Dubbed as "The New … Continue reading Nihoncha Award organisers’ interviews with past Platinum winners

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Tea tasting: Hinokuni Kuro (Hinokuni Kumamoto)

This is a deep-roasted houjicha made of fukamushi (deep-steamed) tea leaves that were roasted at very high temperature for a longer time than regular houjicha. The tea leaves are zairai or native species from the mountains, hence it is also known as zairaishu yamacha. Produced by the Fujisako family in Sagara village in Kumamoto, their … Continue reading Tea tasting: Hinokuni Kuro (Hinokuni Kumamoto)