Competition Saemidori Kabusecha No. 3003
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 that includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, Shiga, and Mie. Kabuse is a shaded style of green tea with a refreshing balance of umami and shibumi (astringency). It is shaded about half the time (1-2 weeks) compared to Gyokuro or Tencha for matcha.
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
Third place overall
Sweet almond aroma, deep marigold taste, refreshing astringency, sugarcane sweetness
5 x 5g