Drip bag tea, featuring a sample from Kanei Hitokoto Seicha

We all have heard of drip bag coffee, but how many tea drinkers are drinking tea from a similar kind of drip bag (the kind with paper hooks on two sides)? Frankly, I have never paid much attention to this, as I usually drink loose-leaf teas using kyusu teapots. Brewing tea using a dripper is … Continue reading Drip bag tea, featuring a sample from Kanei Hitokoto Seicha

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Tea tasting: Sakura Honoka (Kanei Hitokoto Seicha)

This tea, sold by Shimada-based Kanei Hitokoto Seicha, is a fukamushi (deep-steamed) sencha made from the cultivar known as Shizu-7132. This wasn't my first time tasting this cultivar, but I bought this tea anyway because nothing depicts Japanese springtime better than a cultivar known for its signature sakura scent. I did buy some sakura flowers … Continue reading Tea tasting: Sakura Honoka (Kanei Hitokoto Seicha)

Tea tasting: Hidenosuke cultivar (Akiyamaen)

Hidenosuke (hee-day-no-soo-keh) is an original cultivar produced by Akiyamaen, a tea plantation located at an altitude of 200m to 300m at the foot of Mt Fuji. Akiyamaen prides itself for steadfastly maintaining an old way of making tea that does not use chemicals and the latest technology. It strives to preserve the characteristics of mountain … Continue reading Tea tasting: Hidenosuke cultivar (Akiyamaen)