Zairai Iri Koucha Japanese Organic Oolong

Zairai Iri Koucha Japanese Organic Oolong

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Very surprising Japanese oolong or "half-black" tea. Japan is a country that produces green tea in its vast majority and it is only recently that they have begun to experiment with producing interesting red and oolong teas in small quantities. These teas are very rare to find, even in Japan! In this case it is a limited production of only 8 kilos of Zairai varietal. Zairai actually isn’t even a varietal or a cultivar, it is the term used to describe a tea tree that was born from seed and that cannot be classified under any specific varietal since tea trees are like people where every seed is a unique individual. The leaves come from the oldest organic tea garden On Kyushu with views of the Sakurajima volcano in Gokase, Miyazaki.

This oolong is actually similar in character to the modern baozhong or pouchong style of oolong you find nowadays in Taiwan where it is only very lightly oxidized and very lightly rolled. It is a tea that surprises with its elegant and floral aroma, light and sweet.

This tea is remarkably fragrant and handles many steepings!

Origin: Gokas, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan

Harvest: Spring, 2021

Color of liquor: Golden

Aroma: sweet, floral, jasmine, vanilla, fruity, pear

Flavor: floral, jasmine, persistent, sweet finish

Temperature: 90º c

Steeping Time: 30sec; 45sec; 1min; 1min; 1,5min; 2min; 3min...