Lalani & Co Tea Okumidori Kabusecha 2021
Okumidori Kabusecha (shaded sencha) 2021
The Henta family’s organic garden sits in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu island, in south Japan. This is an active volcanic region, making the soils volcanic. Henta-san himself prioritises the quality of the soil, and has a craft approach to tea, ideal for making individual, high quality teas on their organic garden. This tea is a Kabusecha which ranks above sencha in Japanese teas. Kabusecha is only grown in the spring season, under the shade. Shading the tea plants increases the umami in the tea, giving Kabusecha its characteristic umami, which is an important flavour in Japanese cuisine.
The Okumidori Kabusecha 2021 is part of a trio of single varietal Kabusechas which we brought into the collection for 2021. Like wine, the tea plant has different varietals. The varietal of the tea leaf will influence the flavour which you taste. We chose three 2021 Kabusechas from the Henta family, made in a similar way, at a similar time, from different varietals (Okumidori, Saemidori, and Yabukita) to highlight each varietal.
The Okumidori Kabusecha was picked on the 27th of April 2021 after 11 days of shading. The leaves were steamed in the ‘asamushi’ style (short steamed) for 30 seconds. Steaming keeps the tea green, while short steaming preserves the shape and natural flavours of the tea leaf.
This excellent varietal makes up a small proportion of Japanese tea cultivation. Think of edamame, leafy vegetals, and legumes, leading to a long umami finish.
Infuse at 6g per 150ml (teacup size) at 40C for 2-3 mins. This is the authentic Japanese way which brings out the umami. You can also infuse with 4g at 60C for 1 min.
Storage and Ageing
As with most Japanese green teas, the Okumidori Kabusecha 2021 is best fresh and young, so we suggest storing this tea in a cool dry place and enjoying it while it’s young; ideally within 18 to 24 months.