Kabuse Yabukita is an excellent organic green tea cultivated in partial shade in the Kagoshima Mountains, using tea leaves of the Yabukita cultivar that were shaded for the last 14 days prior to harvest. Kabuse, or “covered” tea, is a Japanese green tea that is grown under a shield of straw or cotton, similar to gyokuro tea. The shading process inhibits photosynthesis, meaning the tea plant must survive on its own store of nutrients. This changes the chemical composition of the leaves, reducing catechin (responsible for bitterness) and extracting L-Theanine, improving its sweet flavor and aromatic properties. The main difference between gyokuro and kabuse is the type of shield and its duration. Kabuse tea is partially shaded for 3-14 days and gyokuro is completely shaded for 20-30 days.
Origin: Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
Harvest: Spring, Ichibancha, 2019
Color of liquor: bright lime green
Aroma: white fish, cod, mustard greens, green asparagus, lobster
Flavor: deep, rich, grassy, long-lasting mouthfeel and freshness
Temperature: 65-70º c
Steeping Time: 1min; 25sec; 30sec…