Kagoshima is Japan's second largest tea producing prefecture after Shizuoka and is producing some top Organic teas like this incredible Sencha. We tasted at least twenty different Senchas from Kagoshima this year and this one came out on top.
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 Meiryoku cultivar is a cross between the famous Yabukita and the very hard to find Yamatomidori variety. This Sencha is pure Meiryoku (many suppliers blend the tea cultivars) which has a salty-sweet porridge taste underneath that rich brothy and fresh green goodness
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