Fukamushi Yamaga 100 grams
Fukamushicha, otherwise known as a "deep steamed tea" has a wonderful flavor that is truly unique. Due to the extra steaming, the tea takes on a darker hue of green and a more powerful vegetal flavor. The umami note you experience is similar to that of a Gyokuro, and the astringency you might find in a Shincha. The tea is made by blending the Yabukita cultivar with the Asatsuyu. What makes the Yamaga unique is that it also takes on a nice fruity flavor, similar to that of lychee berry. You may also notice a hint of papaya and making as well. These fruity notes are particularly prevalent when the tea is brewed cold.
Shizuku Sencha 100 grams
This is a very unique sencha made by combining sencha leaves with matcha powder. This tea was designed to be the perfect cold brew, but it can be brewed warm as well. The matcha powder adds new dimension to the tea, giving it a fully body and extra power as a cold brew. The matcha powder also creates a beautiful jade green cloudy infusion in the first steeping. This tea has a powerful vegetal note to it, with some sweetness and a slight astringency in the aftertaste. The Shizuku is perhaps our best cold brew yet!
Gyokuro Karigane 100 grams
Karigane is a stem tea made from the stems and leaves of Gyokuro, Tencha and Kabusecha. In this case, the stem tea comes from Mr. Sakamoto's Gyokuro. The tea is shaded for 21 days, boosting the levels of amino acids and sweetness. The tea is low in caffeine compared to leaf teas, but higher in caffeine than the Kukicha.
The flavor is a beautiful umami, similar to that of the Cha Musume. The stems of the tea render it smoother and sweeter, making it a nice gentle tea to enjoy later in the day. The stems also add a nice mineral tingling feeling to the tea. The added hay flavor towards the end enhances the flavor of the tea. This is one of Mr. Sakamoto's favorite teas for a cold brew, and during our last visit he greeted us with a cold pitcher of this incredible tea.
Gyokuro Sasa Hime 100 grams
The Sasa Hime is a very fine, well-balanced Gyokuro. It offers a subtle natural Umami taste that is rounded out with the grassy vegetal flavor of the tea. It has only a slight acidity. The first brewing has a note of spinach and a well-developed sweetness and natural umami taste. Compared to some of the other Gyokuros we have seen, the Umami taste here is a bit more subtle and blends in nicely with the grassiness of the tea. A slight note of hazelnut is also noticeable. The second brewing has a balance between its sweetness and a natural umami taste. You may also notice a slight acidity and a very subtle sourness.
What You'll Get
🍃 JAS Organic Green Tea
🍃 Calming, Relaxing Theanine
🍃 Higher Caffeine Content
🍃 Long Lasting Energy Throughout the Day
🍃 Naturally Gluten Free and Vegan
🍃 Complex Flavor Profiles
What it Tastes Like
🍵 Powerful Savory Flavor
🍵 Light Complex Sweetness
🍵 Well Balanced Fruity Flavor
🍵 Smooth Finish
How Much Tea Does it Make?
This bundle contains 400 grams of tea, enough to make 80 pots or 240 cups
Meet the Farmers
The Sasa Hime and Karigane come to us from the farmer Mr. Sakamoto, a talented organic tea farmer in Kagoshima. Mr. Sakamoto has been working in the family tea business since he was a little boy and when it was his turn to finally take it over, he decided to take the farm completely organic. He began producing his own organic fertilizer out of sedimentary rock and composted soybeans.
The Shizuku comes to us from the farmer Mr. Nuruki, a talented young farmer in Chiran. Mr. Nuruki operates a small farm in southern Japan where he is able to cultivate a wide range of tea plant varieties. He has been successful in blending these different tea varieties together to create a number of fantastic tea blends. These tea blends incorporate the best aspects of each tea variety, to create flavors that are well balanced and unique.
The Fukamushi Yamaga is from Satoen in Shizuoka, a larger family owned operation. It was started by Matsuichi Sato in 1948 and continues to grow and produce fantastic green teas to this day. We had the great privilege of touring their facilities and seeing first hand the remarkable level of care they put into each tea they produce. Their attention to detail is unmatched, everything from the tasting rooms to the production lines is planned with meticulous detail.
About the Farms
The Karigane and Sasa Hime are grown in Kagoshima Japan on the small farm of the Sakamoto family. Because Mr. Sakamoto specializes in Gyokuro, he shades the tea plants for 3 weeks prior to the harvest, in order to boost the levels of theanine, caffeine and chlorophyll. This also creates a sweeter and more savory flavor in the tea. The soil on the farm of Mr. Sakamoto is incredibly soft, due to the diversity of flora and fauna on the field which loosens up the soil. This soft soil allows the roots to penetrate deeper into the ground and absorb more nutrients.
The Shizuku Sencha is grown in the small town of Chiran in the southernmost tip of Kyushu. This region greatly benefits from the mild subtropical climate and the volcanic activity, creating nutrient rich soils and mild winters. Because this area is so warm, it allows for the growth of more delicate tea plant varieties, producing lighter and sweeter green teas.
The Fukamushi Yamaga is from the farm of Satoen in Shizuoka. When we visited the farm of Satoen in November of 2018, we not only got to tour the fields and the facilities of their operation, but also a new project they were working on. They have created their very own tea shop right across from the production facility. Here they serve different sencha, genmaicha and matcha that they produce just next door and provide a laid-back environment where people all around can enjoy premium quality green tea.
How to Cold Brew
Add 5-10 grams of tea to the bottom of a pitcher (depending on how strong you like it) and then pour in 500ml of room temperature water. You can then put the pitcher in the fridge and let is sit for between 3-8 hours. When it's done brewing, you should have a smooth and refreshing cup of cold brewed green tea!
Very Popular as a Gift
Our fans like to give away our teas on birthdays, weddings and other special days! Our samplers are highly recommended as gifts!
Always Pesticide Free
We make sure to only source teas from reputable farmers that grow tea without the use of conventional pesticides or chemicals. We meet with the farmers in person and tour the fields and facilities. We look at the sustainability of the field, the attention to detail and quality control of the facility and of course the taste of the tea.