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Master Matsumoto’s Supernatural Green


A real handmade kamairicha, pan-fired like a Chinese tea so it is sweeter and less grassy than sencha teas which are steamed. This tea is made on a small 8 acre farm in Minamata-shi, Kumamoto Prefecture by Master Matsumoto, a 4th generation tea maker who is well known for continuing to use old tea trees (his trees are around 90 years old) and no pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers or even manure – hence the tea grows 'supernaturally'. Only 30kg are made each year.

This has become somewhat of a cult tea at Postcard Teas in recent years, mainly due to it's unusual toasted cacao aroma and intense fruity flavour reminiscent of cassis. As well as being an interesting half-way house between Chinese and Japanese styles of tea production, its sweetness and aromatic qualities also makes this appealing to oolong drinkers or people who don't think they like green tea at all.

Compared to other Japanese greens this is a very forgiving tea to brew and we would recommend using water that has been cooled to anywhere between 75-85°C and 3g of leaf per 150mls.

Master Matsumoto’s Tea Farm, Minamata-shi, Kumamoto, Japan

8 acres

Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Seed grown 90 year old Yabukita cultivar. Pan-fired. Harvested Spring 2015.

75-85°C, 3-4g per cup. 3 infusions.

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