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Master Akiyama’s Fuji Aracha

£7.95£35.00

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A mild, rustic sencha from Master Akiyama’s farm on the slopes of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan. Akiyama-san’s teas have won many prizes, including the top gold prize at The World Green Tea Contest, and he is recognised as one of Japan’s leading tea pioneers for his experimental work on different Japanese tea cultivars.

We tried this tea on a visit to Akiyama-san’s farm earlier this year and were surprised at how good it was in an unfinished state. ‘Aracha’ literally means ‘crude’ or ‘rough’ tea and uses the whole leaf, including the leaf blade and stem, without going through the final ‘hi-ire’ sorting process. The result is a tea dense in flavour with a thick, smooth texture and a surprising amount of sweetness. Although not as complex or as rich as the ‘finished’ Fuji Sencha this is a great tea for everyday drinking and certainly one of the best we have found from our producers at this price point.

To make this tea use freshly boiled water that has been cooled to 80°C and 3-4g of tea per cup.

ORIGIN
Master Akiyama’s Farm, Fuji City, Mt Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan

SIZE OF FARM
10 acres

PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Yabukita cultivar. Light steaming (~30 sec). Ichibancha, harvested Spring 2018.

BREWING GUIDELINE
80°C, 3-4g per cup or 60°C and 5-6g per cup. 3 infusions.

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