Japanese Black Tea
Tea: Japanese Black Tea
Grower: The Kinezuka Family of Naturalitea
Origin: Nakayama Village in Fujieda: Shizuoka, Japan
Harvest Date: May 9, 2014
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Japan is not known for its black tea production, but it is no surprise that many Japanese growers are trying their hand at black tea. All tea derives from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, only the processing of the leaf makes a difference. Japanese tea growers such as Naturalitea are experimenting with new tea processing methods by learned from growers in other countries. This Shizuoka black tea is a bit different than the common Ceylon or Darjeeling, but it will not disappoint. Its rich flavor shows that Japanese tea varieties are capable to make great oxidized teas. It also shows the dramatic effect location and climate has on a teas characteristics.
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Recommended Brewing Instructions: Use 1tsp (~3g) per 250ml cup.
Brew for 2 minutes.
- 195F for a very smooth, sweet cup with earthy undertones.
- 205F for a fuller, but very smooth profile with earthy and molasses notes and a hint of savory salt.
This tea can be rebrewed up to 2 times, with hotter water and longer infusions.
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