Pesticide-Free
Yuzu Sunrouge
Red

SKU
5537
Super premium blend of anthocyanin-rich Sunrouge with refreshing yuzu citrus pieces. Balanced and aromatic, with a gorgeous, soft red cup. Grown on the sun-drenched Pacific island of Tokunoshima. 80g
 
Character Floral, with balanced citrus notes; nobly bitter
Tea Farm Tokunoshima Seicha, Mr. Yuki Toyomura
Terroir Tokunoshima Island, Kagoshima, Japan
Harvest 1st (30%), 2nd (30%) + 3rd (40%) buds + 1st to 3rd leaf
Cultivar Sunrouge
Elevation 150m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi)
Shading 20 days (jikagise)
Organic Certification Cultivation without plant protection products
Quality 97/100 p. (Sunrouge category), Super Premium
 
€17.90
80g

Delivery : 1–3 business days

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SKU
5537
€22.38 / 100g
In stock

Terroir

The family-owned farm, which is in its second generation, is run by Yuki Toyumura (豊村友樹), and comprises around 15 hectares of benifuuki plants. This is the largest area of green tea fields in Kagoshima, located on the picturesque and sunny Pacific island of Tokunoshima. Master Toyumura is one of the leading benifuuki farmers in Japan.

 

Character

Flavour

Pleasantly noble bitterness with fresh citrus notes. Harmoniously balanced with light umami.

Needles

Fine, dark needles and light orange yuzu pieces.

Cup

Delicate rosé orange.

Yuzu

Yuzu (柚子) is a citrus fruit of East Asian origin with complex aromas of acidic lemon, bitter grapefruit and sweet tangerine. The fruit is a popular additive to food and drinks in Japan and Korea, and provides natural flavour. In Japan, it is also valued for its essential oils, which, since the 18th century, have traditionally been added to baths to celebrate the winter solstice (Toji).

 

Sunrouge

Sunrouge is a cultivar of the "Cha Chuukanbohon Nou 6" variety, and was specially developed in Japan as a result of crossing the Camellia sinensis and taliensis varieties. The cultivar's most striking feature is the bright red colour of the leaves. This shade is also characteristic of the plant's teas, and indicates a high concentration of anthocyanins. This natural pigmentation is also found in blueberries. In Japan, a squeeze of lemon juice is often added to the tea, which makes it particularly refreshing and further intensifies its red shade.

Cultivation & Processing

Location, Cultivation, Processing

The small Pacific island of Tokunoshima is located just north of Okinawa, in the Amami Archipelago in the southernmost region of Japan. Much of the volcanically active island is protected as a part of the Amami Guntō National Park and is home to an astounding range of fauna and flora.

Tokunoshima is a popular destination for tourists on account of its natural beauty, bright sapphire blue waters, and pristine beaches. The climate is moist and subtropical with high rainfall. The region is also one of the sunniest in all of Japan. Tokunoshima Island is an ideal location for growing sunrouge teas because the tea plants are able to produce high concentrations of polyphenols and bitter substances under these conditions.

Sunrouge

The sunrouge cultivar is a hybrid of the variety “Cha Chuukanbohon Nou 6″ (C.taliensis x C.sinensis).

Single Source

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Tokunomshima. Sourced directly from the tea farmer.

Preparation

Preparation

2 heaped tsp per 100-300ml 55-60°C water. Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for multiple infusions.

Packaging

High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for this tea is a black tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic strainer. Alternatively, a large glass teapot with a neutral flavour and an integrated strainer, in which the tea can steep and float freely, is suitable.

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