Beautiful mountain fields at 670m elevation in the top growing region of Kirishima near Mt. Karakuni (1,700m). Kirishima is named after its fog (霧 "kiri"), which reduces UV light and naturally shades the tea plants, thus promoting the production of an umami flavour (natural kabuse).
Few tea farms exist in this idyllic region, making it an ideal location for organic cultivation. With fewer farms nearby, the risk of contamination from pesticide drift is reduced. The tea field has been certified organic since 2006 and consists of an easily monitored and managed 16ha of land.
The best organic matchas in Japan, besides Uji and Hoshino, come from the top region of Kirishima in southern Kyushu. We obtain the tencha directly from Kirishima's leading organic tencha farm, which is well-known in Japan. For the Matcha Ikkyu, we select only the highest quality of the 1st harvest leaves, and have them ground specially for us in Uji, in one of the top granite stone mills in Japan. This guarantees the best possible preservation of nutrients, as well as an excellent texture and creaminess and the full development of the flavours.
This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Makizono. Sourced directly from the tea farmer.