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Master Matsumoto’s Supernatural Black

£7.50£33.00

An unusually aromatic Japanese black tea from Kumamoto area of Kyushu in Japan. The tea is made on a small 8 acre farm in Minamata-shi by 4th generation tea maker Master Matsumoto, who uses his great grandfather’s 90 year old Yabukita ancient tea trees grown without any chemicals, herbicides, fertilisers, or even manure – hence the tea grows 'supernaturally'.

This is one of the most versatile black teas we have, combining some of the best qualities of Darjeeling, Assam and Chinese teas and adding something extra of its own. The tea has the aromatic qualities of a second flush Darjeeling and a plum/prune sweetness which comes out more when brewed lightly, but when brewed strong it tastes like the richest, smoothest Assam or Breakfast tea without any astringency or tannins. It can also take milk very well if required.

Sufficiently unusual to interest a seasoned tea drinker but familiar and comforting enough for someone just getting into speciality black tea – if we had to recommend just one black tea in our selection to someone overwhelmed by choice then this would be it.

Brew with water just off the boil and around 3g of leaf per 150ml of water.

ORIGIN
Master Matsumoto’s farm, Minamata-shi, Kumamoto, Japan

SIZE OF FARM
8 acres

PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Seed grown 90 year old Yabukita cultivar. Harvested late Spring 2015.

BREWING
95-100°C, 3-4g per cup, with or without milk. 3 infusions.

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