It starts with a wonderfully silky, grassy flavour and then reveals surprising citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon. Later the flavour becomes more vegetal with a smooth buttery mouthfeel leading to muscat grapes, lychee and the floral aromas of honeysuckle.
Use 0.07oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water (2g per 150ml).
For the optimum infusion use 140 - 158°F (60 - 70°C) water.
(Although you might want to try as low as 99°F (37°C) for the first infusion and raise the temperature 50°F (10°C) for each subsequent steep.)
Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.
You can infuse this tea at least twice. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.
Cost Per Cup
$2.20 per cup based on 0.07oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water and 2 infusions.
Origin & Craft
Located between Uchimaki and Miwa Village in Shizuoka, the Moriuchi Tea Garden has been around since the Edo period. The tea is grown and harvested by husband and wife Yoshio and Masumi Moriuchi.
The gardens are steep and rich, surrounded by forests. Indeed so precipitous is the incline Mr Moriuchi has built a small monorail to lift them up, and the tea down, from the steepest slopes. They have converted the land to organic farming and our senchas are hand picked and handcrafted.