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Yakushima Black


A black tea from Yakushima, an island off the south coast of Kagoshima whose outstanding natural beauty is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mr Watanabe and two other friends started the tea estate over 15 years ago to make the most of Yakushima’s unusual location and pristine environment – free from mass farming and pesticide use – and have been farming ecologically on their small farm ever since.

Although Watanabe-san mainly produces sencha and other forms of green tea, he does make a small amount of this unusual, fruity black tea. Similar in profile to some Darjeeling and Nepali black teas, it has a strong grape taste, mixed with soya bean notes that we sometimes find in Japanese blacks.

Mr Watanabe’s Tea Farm, Yakushima Island, Kagoshima, Japan

12 acres

Camellia Sinensis Sinensis. Kanaya Midori cultivar. Blend of different years and harvests.

90°C, 4g per cup. 2 infusions. Can take milk

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