- Naturalitea Kinezuka Family : Shizuoka
- [JAS Certified] Organic Shogun Midori 100g (3.52oz)
NATURALITEA BY KINEZUKA FAMILY
[JAS Certified] Organic Shogun Midori 100g (3.52oz)
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It is said that the founder of the Tokugawa clan of shoguns, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was very fond of taking shincha harvested in May, placing it in a container and aging it. This aged tea is now called kuradashi (literally "removing from the warehouse"), and generally refers to tea that has been aged for at least one year. In Japanese, this tea is called Fuka-midori or "Deep Green".
As time passes, tea leaves are usually thought to degrade…the amino acids and antioxidants that give the leaves their flavor breakdown. However, refrigerated properly at a stable temperature allows us to prevent this degradation. After a year, the leaves are then processed and turned into what we are calling (in English) Shogun Midori.
By aging this tea, the unique grassiness of shincha slowly disappears leaving a sencha green tea that has a strong astringent taste. This tea is recommended for those who like strong green teas.
Shogun - the title of head of the samurai-led government of Japan during the feudal period.
Midori – the Japanese word for green
NaturaliTea by the Kinezuka Family
A pioneer in organic tea farming, Toshiaki Kinezuka is one of the most respected names among tea farmers, with farmers traveling from across Japan coming to study organic farming methods. His daughters Ayumi and Tamiko are learning to take over tea leaf cultivation. They are also pioneering black tea leaf production in Japan utilizing tea plants traditionally used for sencha.
OUR STEEPING EXPERIENCE
Serves: One - two people. Serve in small guinomi cups (like a shot glass) and enjoy slowly.
Water amount: 80 cc (or 80 ml, 2.7 fluid ounces, 1/3 cup)
Water temperature: 50-70˚C / 122-158F (hotter temperature for more astringency)
Tea leaf amount: 3-5 grams (about one teaspoon)
Steep time: 2 minutes
- Grown Organically, Grown Pesticide Free
- JAS Certified Organic
Pesticide free. Fertilized with organic compost. Shaded for approximately 2 weeks before harvest.
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green tea (Shizuoka, Japan) *allergen free
Store in an airtight container away from sunlight in a cool, dry place.