Winner of the 2022 Nihoncha Awards Platinum Medal!
This fukamushicha from tea garden Shuchi in Morimachi Village, Shizuoka, is made from a single cultivar, the new and still rare Kirari 31, and is the very first harvest in 2022 from a new field.
Refined by Osada Tea, the fukamushicha won the Platinum Medal at the 2022 Nihoncha Awards, held by the Nihoncha (“Japanese tea”) Instructor’s Association. Unlike regional and national tea competitions held throughout Japan featuring the unrefined tea leaves that come from farmers, the Nihoncha Awards accepts entries from farms, factories and sellers that are commercial products, refined teas meant for drinking by consumers. Awards are given out in August judged by a select panel of experts while they over winners in several categories are chosen after tea tastings are held for the general public (several hundred tasters) in December—a people’s choice type of award.
- Tea: 3 grams
- Time: 60 sec
- Water: 200 ml
- Water Temperature: 70C/158F degrees
- Resteep 2-3 times. The second steeping can be quick (10 seconds)
- Ingredients: Green tea
- Cultivar: Kirari 31
- Harvest: Spring
- Region: Morimachi Village, Shizuoka