Competition Yabukita Sencha No. 1002
Kansai Regional Tea Competition Sep 3, 2021
Every year about two hundred farmers compete in five categories (Sencha, Fukamushi, Kabuse, Gyokuro, and Tencha) of the Kansai Tea Competition and it includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, Shiga, and Mie. This sencha is classically steamed as Asamushi or light steaming and yields a clear, almost pale liquid that when tasted blooms with the most incredible taste. It is almost shocking how many layers of taste a single sip can have. Competition teas also fall under the Temomi and Tezumi category since they are completely handpicked and rolled by hand and exemplifies the highest technical skill to produce tea.
Generally, it takes about 200 friends and family to help pick the very best leaves that are manually sorted and graded from A to D. Only the very best leaves will be used for Competition Grade teas. Steaming is done by basket and the hand rolling into the shapes can take up to ten hours to finish. Please enjoy the physical beauty and uniformity of these leaves when they are dry, the deep aroma, long aftertaste, and the luminescent green color of the brewed leaves.
This year we were very excited to win the bidding auction and secure the entire lot of this tea which is a little under 4kg and share such a special selection exclusively with you.
Yamazoe, Nara, Japan
Second place overall
Sweet almond aroma, deep marigold taste, refreshing astringency
5 x 5g