2021 National Competition Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Awarded No. 1 Kabuse in all of Japan
Kabuse is a signature tea of Uji and is shaded half the time compared to Gyokuro (30 days). There are two versions with relatively the same name but differ in processing: Kabuse Sencha and Kabusecha. Kabuse Sencha is processed using the same techniques as asamushi "classic steamed" sencha producing long, shiny pine needle shapes with a clear, light-colored brew. Kabusecha is formed into a course, flat shaped, a leaf that is matte in color.
This year's award goes to Kiyotomi Shimooka for his floral Kabuse. Teas are numerically judged on four characteristics; appearance (gaikan), aroma (kouki), brew color (suishoku), and astringency (shibumi). This tea exemplifies the finest representation of this ageless classic style.
Uji, Japan (Ujitawara)
fresh sugarcane sweetness, narcissus flower, delicate umami
2 x 5g