Okumidori Shade-grown Sencha, Spring 2014, Nakai Gardens (Kyoto)

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Okumidori Shade-grown Sencha, Spring 2014, Nakai Gardens (Kyoto)

£48.00

Sometimes a tea comes along that is beyond exceptional. This is one of them. Rich, silky, heavy umami notes engulf the palate, with notes of spring greens. The finish is long and umami.

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Sometimes a tea comes along that is beyond exceptional. This is one of them. Rich, silky, heavy umami notes engulf the palate, with notes of spring greens. The finish is long and umami.

 

The Producer:

This batch comes from the gardens of the Nakai family in Kyoto. The family has been growing tea for many generations and they are dedicated to organic farming.

 

This Batch:

The shade-grown senchas in the Lalani & Co collection from 2013 were extraordinary. This batch might have surpassed it.

Firstly, it's picked in the spring picking (ichibancha in Japan). This is the premium season for Japanese tea. The plants have been grown under partial shade for 11 days. This enhances the smooth umami flavours in the leaf.

The batch is from a single varietal of tea plant (Okumidori). I adore its smoothness, purity and depth of flavour.

There are 100kg in the batch. 

 

Tasting notes:

This is umami heaven. Think of broad beans, edamame and kale. There's a hint of pea sweetness. The body is heavy, and silky textured. The finish is long and lasts on the palate for minutes.

Infuse 6g per 150ml in 40°C water for 2 mins. Also try 4g per 150ml in 60°C for 1 min, which brings out a touch of sharpness.

Pair it with a few slices of goats cheese and the flavours will build on each other in harmony. It's also a stunning match for asparagus, seafood and other vegetal/umami flavours.