Honyama (also known as Tamakawa) is considered by connoisseurs of Japanese teas as one of the top growing areas. In Honyama, where the Abe River springs, are ideal conditions for top quality tea. The nights are clear and cool and the morning misty. The narrow valleys also ensure natural shading of the tea fields. So it is not surprising that the tea leaves in this area are about one month later ready for harvest compared to tea from the low-lying areas near Shizuoka city.
The tea leaves for this tea where handpicked by Mr. Shoten’s family. Therefore, the leaves are longer and more intact compared to does harvest by machines. Also, the stems get less damaged as they are picked at the plant’s natural breaking point. Thus, the tea leaves get less oxidized and taste even more refreshing.
It’s said that tea from Honyama was Shogun Tokugawa’s favorite tea. After tasting this tea we strongly belive this lore.
Harvest: May 2020
Taste: Sweet and refreshing aroma
Origin: Honyama, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
Preparation: In this blog post you will find a description of how to brew Japanese green tea in an optimal way.
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