Kagoshima is Japan's second largest tea producing prefecture after Shizuoka. It produces various qualities of tea from blending tea to high quality, single estate tea like this Sencha.
Located very close to Kagoshima bay, this Sencha is grown with the sea air blowing in over the farms. It might be a coincidence but the tea has a light and delicious sea salty seasoning to enhance all the bright verdant flavour.
The Kanaya Midori cultivar is a cross between the famous Yabukita and a Shizuoka native plant which was released in the 1970's. This Sencha is pure Kanaya Midori (many suppliers blend the tea cultivars) which has a sweet, milky porridge taste hiding underneath all of the vegetal goodness of a Sencha.
As always, brew to your preferences. Most people like to brew a bit hotter than our recommendations with a little less leaf but we prefer the texture and taste of more leaf and cool water - a kind of hybrid between Gong Fu and Japanese style brewing!
Watch us tasting this tea at 24 minutes