Master Matsumoto studied tea agriculture in Makinohara but even then he was convinced tea could be grown without any additions. He also believes weeds have a vital role to play in improving the soil’s balance. His unusual traditional teas like his Kamairicha which he designed his own machine to fire, as well as innovations like this black tea which is different from the many other black teas coming out of Japan at the moment, have made him a leader of a small but significant tea movement.
£9.95 – £45.00
This is not Supernatural Green, but it is the next best thing.
This year Matsumoto-san told us that he only produced half of his regular 40kg of Supernatural Green that he expected, therefore we could only secure a smaller amount than usual for our customers. He doesn, however, have one similar tea. While most of his 8 acre farm is dedicated to farming with no fertilisers at all, he does have a small portion where he uses fertiliser he creates himself through his own inputs. Hence: Natural Green.
Apart from fertiliser use, there is very little difference between Natural and Supernatural Green in terms of processing, although Natural Green is slightly more irregular in leaf size, with much more stem included. In terms of taste it has slightly more vegetal umami than the Supernatural, and a touch less of its roasted, cereal note, although it shares its sweetness and and long fruity aftertaste.
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
SIZE OF FARM
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Seed grown 90 year old Yabukita cultivar. Pan-fired. Harvested Spring 2020.
75-85°C, 3-4g per cup. 3 infusions.