£14.95 – £17.95
Tak Aoki and his family, who produce tea and oranges in Kitsuki in Oita prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu, have been one of the tea producers we have worked with for the longest time. Soon after we opened we used to sell one of his senchas which was a favourite with customers under the name Aoki Green, but more recently he has completely switched to producing an outstanding tamaryokucha (meaning ‘curved jewel green tea’) a famous tea style found almost exclusively in Kyushu. The leaves, instead of being straight like a sencha, are curly giving this tea its other name: guricha, meaning ‘curly tea’.
We have secured just 6kg in total of the small production that Tak Aoki made in Spring 2020, which is our new Aoki Green. The dry leaf is small and coiled, with a sweet grape aroma which comes across in the first infusion with a toasted hazelnut bite. Subsequent infusions lose the toasted taste and become milder and sweeter with an citric tang. This is a great Japanese green tea for people who prefer their teas with less grassiness and umami.
Best brewed with 80°C water and around 3-4g of tea per 150ml cup.
Aoki Family, Kitsuki, Oita, Japan
SIZE OF FARM
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis. Ichibancha, harvested Spring 2020.
80°C, 3-4g per cup. 3 infusions.