All the different tea varieties produced by Hayashi family

MIYAMA KIRISHIMA SENCHA (organic)

The Hayashi family harvests vintage tea trees for this Sencha. Some of the tea trees are already around 100 years old, which is the basis for the very unique flavour of this tea. Different to the well-known tea bush varieties like Yabukita, Asatsuyu, Sae Midori and so on, which are grown from cuttings, the vintage tea trees used for the Miyama Kirishima Sencha are grown from seeds.

Seed grown tea trees are getting much older than tea trees grown from cuttings, and their very special characteristic is, that every bush differs from the others. Due to this, seed grown tea trees do not belong to any tea bush variety, but every single bush is a tea bush variety by its own. Seed grown tea trees are called “zai-rai-shu”, which means “tree from a seed”.

A smooth and round tea with a great colour!

Asamushi Kanaya Midori

ASAMUSHI KANAYA MIDORI (organic)

This very clear structured Sencha consists only of the pure leaves of the tea bush variety Kanaya Midori, which is rarely to be found in an unblended Sencha. The leaves are steamed Asamushi-style, which results in a Sencha with well formed and stable needles. A rounded taste experience with lightly, flowery notes.

KIRISHIMA TOKUJOU SENCHA (organic)

For this elegant tea, high quality sorts of Sencha from different tea bush varieties from the first flush are selected and combined into a very well-balanced and fine blend. Leaves from non-shaded tea bushes [roji-saibai] as well as leaves from shaded tea bushes [kabuse-saibai] are used. Also the high end quality tea leaves of the shaded Asatsuyu tea trees are part of this astonishing composition.

The final processing is especially noticeable: Both the fine final sorting and the precise final heating speak for the effort and labour that is invested into the teas from the first flush harvest, which are used for this Tokujou Sencha from Kirishima.

KIRISHIMA TENNEN GYOKURO (organic)

Asatsuyu tea bushes are known as one of the greenest and fresh tasting tea bush varieties, which are found only in very few tea gardens. It is even rarer in organic tea gardens, since it is not easy to grow these sensible tea bushes and protect them from insects, who love the sweetness of this fascinating variety. Because it is especially rare in organic agriculture, we are happy to have found this brilliant organic high end tea from the Hayashi family.

The bushes are shaded around 10 days up to two weeks before the first flush harvest, and the finished tea leaves are sorted very finely. This tea’s infusion is brilliantly green and the taste is unbelievably deep and sweet, even in the second and third infusion – a real wonder!