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First harvest tea (2021)

Description

Miyazaki-san has created this rare and unique, pan-fired kamairicha that we are honored to share with you. This organic tea is refreshing and lively, with notes of gardenia, buttered spinach, and dried chestnut. If you are looking for a sweet and light-bodied cup, this is the tea for you. This tea will make you smile cheerfully like Miyazaki-san!

The perfect choice for those who don’t like very much the grassy and sea-weed taste of more traditional green teas.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Miyazaki
Quality and Type
Premium Organic Kamairicha
Organic
Yes, JAS certification
Cultivar
Minami Sayaka

Tasting Notes
Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.
Conservation
Unopened
1 Year
Opened
6 weeks
Preparation
Tea quantity
6g /0.21oz
Water quantity
160ml /5.41oz
Temperature
80C / 176F
Brewing time
90s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    This is an awesome tea for those who want that happy summer feeling!

    Completely different from other Japanese teas and in a class of its own, with lighter balanced flavours that drift gently from one side of the spectrum to the other, but without staying too long on either side and unbalancing the overall flavour.

    Drink this beautiful organic tea and then go skipping on your way.

  2. Don Chako (verified owner)

    Interesting tea to experience for sure.
    Leaves look spectacular
    Wet leaf has a slight goat toughness followed by that sharp sugary scent some oolongs bear
    First few infusions follow suit to the initial smell profile. Later on that oolong quality really comes out. I would approach this tea as an oolong with an pleasant surprise the first couple infusions.

  3. vcemerin (verified owner)

    An excellent tea, very light-bodied and with a scent that is slightly reminiscent of lilacs. Later infusions allow the typical oceanic saltiness to come through, which I usually prefer in green teas, but it is not pronounced. Overall, a lovely tea to accompany spring afternoons.

  4. Robert Kim (verified owner)

    I love Jasmine tea and this is the closest thing to it from Ikkyu. I don’t have to buy a separate tea for the Jasminy flavor. Of course, it has other pleasant flavors including sweetness. The tea does not lose its flavors even on the 4th brew unlike most other teas from Ikkyu.

  5. chappellnetwork (verified owner)

    I LOVE Tomoko! This is the tea I order every single time I order from Ikkyu it is non-negotiable. It is such a unique tasting tea and sort of reminds me of Oolong, but much more savory and gentle. The tea is very relaxing and I like to brew it while I am studying or unwinding on the weekend. For those of you looking to get into Kamaricha, this is an excellent starter. Make sure your pot can hold the recommended 6 grams as the leaves expand and unfurl a good amount. Highly recommend!

  6. pamelakayosborn@cox.net (verified owner)

    Delicious taste without a lot of subtle flourishes, this lovely undemanding tea is my preference for drinking all my 10-hour workday. It’s easy to make in an office setting using a tea infuser flask with water dispenser hot water (at 180 degrees F). I keep the tea warm on a mug warmer. I save the more subtle teas with fussy brewing temperatures for my silent, treat myself nice, early morning time. It’s hard to find a tea that one can enjoy for most of a 40-hour week, and Tomoko is my current favorite. It’s pleasurable and it keeps me alert and awake yet calm and peaceful. I tried Tomoko in a search for variety in my long term green tea experience. It offers refreshingly different flavors from senchas and gyokuros and I am sure to keep a supply ongoing.

  7. AnaisNin (verified owner)

    uniquely fragrantly flowery beautiful tea ! which brings me to another world of green teas , that there’s more in the world of Japanese green teas .

  8. Joe Halasey (verified owner)

    Quite a different flavor profile.
    Not the usual green tea flavors but a spicy almost oolong taste I really enjoy. A good go to for a more diverse green tea flavor experience

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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$12$15

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Earn up to 150 points.

First harvest tea (2021)

Description

Miyazaki-san has created this rare and unique, pan-fired kamairicha that we are honored to share with you. This organic tea is refreshing and lively, with notes of gardenia, buttered spinach, and dried chestnut. If you are looking for a sweet and light-bodied cup, this is the tea for you. This tea will make you smile cheerfully like Miyazaki-san!

The perfect choice for those who don’t like very much the grassy and sea-weed taste of more traditional green teas.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Miyazaki
Quality and Type
Premium Organic Kamairicha
Organic
Yes, JAS certification
Cultivar
Minami Sayaka

Tasting Notes
Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.
Conservation
Unopened
1 Year
Opened
6 weeks
Preparation
Tea quantity
6g /0.21oz
Water quantity
160ml /5.41oz
Temperature
80C / 176F
Brewing time
90s

 

 

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