Asatsuyu, tamaryokucha (steamed curly green tea) from Nagasaki, is considered as a natural gyokuro due to rich sweetness. Like authentic gyokuro, it features rich umami and sweetness. It was carefully shaded with rice straw by placing them directly on top of new shoot of the first harvest. The method adds an intense rich taste and beautiful chestnuts-like flavour on the premium tea.
This multi-award winning tea is available only at our online store in Australia.
For one serving: One heaped teaspoon of tea leaves (about 3g) and boiling water (60ml)
How to brew: Cool down the boiled water to 60°C. About 90 seconds later, pour it slowly to each teacup.
For the second infusion, increase the water temperature to 70°C and brew for 20 seconds to enjoy a refreshing mild astringency.
About tea farmer: The tea farm is in Nagasaki which is famous for mushisei tamaryokucha (steamed curly green tea). The tea represents only less than three percent of the overall tea production in Japan.
This farm was established by the father of the current tea farmer about fifty years ago. They observe the traditional tea planting method. One of them is to shade tea fields with rice straws which requires a lot of labour but it brings a beautiful flavour and taste. The focus on using organic fertilizer and materials has resulted in receiving multiple awards including the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Awards and the Grand Prize in the Nihoncha Awards.
They also shared their valuable knowledge and experiences when a tea machine manufacturer has sought innovation in a future tea industry.