Hoshino Kabuse Aracha Gokou
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The tea leaves for this shaded tea were picked in the famous village of Hoshino in Yame.
The tea leaves for this shaded tea were picked in the famous village of Hoshino in Yame. Hoshino means translated “star field”. A fitting name as in this remote mountain valley the stars shine especially bright. Shaded teas from mountain valleys such as Yame are a rarity because handling with shading materials on slopes is difficult and due to the lower temperatures, the harvest starts about a month later than in deeper and shallower growing areas. The lower temperatures, however, lead to more intense and complex aromas.
For this tea was the Gokou cultivar used. The origin of this cultivar is Uji and it is mainly used for shaded teas like kabusecha or tencha (matcha). This is because Gokou offers lots of umami and a nice, dark green color.
Harvest: May 2019
Taste: Flowery and sweet aroma.
Origin: Hoshino, Yame, Prefecture Fukuoka, Japan.
Preparation: In this blog post you will find a description of how to brew Japanese green tea in an optimal way.
Tip: Use rather a higher leaf to water ratio and infuse repetetly for short time. First infusion max. 60s and all futher infusions only 30s as the leaves are already soaked. Use a Kyusu tea pot.
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