Zairai Organic Kirishima Sencha

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Grown organically in the mountainous Kirishima area of Kagoshima Prefecture. Lightly steamed, organic Kirishima Zairai sencha has a light yellow green color to it, medium body, and rather unique taste and aroma due to it's high iron content.  Zairai means "native" in Japanese and refers to the fact that this tea is from no known modern cultivar and is a close derivitive of the original tea plants imported into Japan from China in the 14th century. Since it is "wild" and grown from seed instead of cloning, there is quite a lot of variation between individual plants which gives the leaf a non-uniform leaf structure and charactaristics of a blend. Although it is considered a hardier plant to culitviate, the lack of leaf conformity, in addition to lower yield than recent clones does not encourage growers to grow it means you will not come across this unique tea often.

Very delicious, here's your chance to experience a green tea with characteristics of the teas of old Japan. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.

Available in 100 gram packages

  • $12.74 USD
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  • Shipping Weight
    110 g
  • SKU
    16584
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Medium - Brew w/ care
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      100% Kirishima
    • Year
      2017
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Zairai
    • Shading
      Full Sun
    • Steaming
      Light
    • Color
      Yellow-Green
    • Aroma
      Medium
    • Taste
      Grassy
    • Astringency
      Medium
    • Clarity
      Clear
    • First infusions per Pkg
      22
    • Organic
      Yes
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      .6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      79℃ (175℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
      60-90
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  • Janet
    Aug 29, 2017, 03:13
    I really like this tea. It has a nice flavor - a bit different (I'm afraid I don't know how to describe how it's different, but it is a subtle difference). And with its low price, it is an excellent buy.
  • Áron Macsicza
    Mar 22, 2017, 06:49
    Recently I ordered more teas so I got lost but if my memory serves me well in this sencha I felt a peculiar taste resembling something like gingerbread. Interesting tea, I will very likely buy it again in the near future!
  • Daniel Mulford
    Mar 8, 2017, 08:05
    Relatively light, with a finish that somehow reminds me of seaweed, which isn't a bad thing. I like to use more leaf, and brew for long periods with low temperatures.
  • Toby Klinger
    Feb 1, 2017, 03:45
    This tea has a unique and at the same time classic flavor, however I found that unlike some of the other teas I've gotten from O-cha, this one is only high quality for the first steeping, and is pretty much flavorless after that.
  • Oleksandr Aza
    Dec 5, 2016, 06:35
    This is my first tea from o-cha.
    Didn't have any expectations and really loved it.
    I drink it almost every day now.

    Porcelain teapot, 2 teaspoons, ~100-120 ml water at 175F.
    First brew (60 sec) is delicious. Second (20 sec) lacks some of the notes of the first brew, but is still very tasty. Third brew (30 sec) quenches my thirst for tea for the day (I usually drink this tea in the evening).

    The best way to end the day - relax with a good book and a cup of this tea :).
  • Jacques Wegier
    Nov 7, 2016, 20:37
    Lovely Sencha ! Reminds me of some Taiwan High Mountain Oolong. Subtle, great aroma and a very surprising price. First brew: 1 teaspoon / 90ml water / 79C/ 60 sec
  • Harry Harris
    Oct 29, 2016, 02:04
    Easy-to-brew, excellent value. As an everyday easy drinker, there's still interest here. Some sweetness. Pleasant, light mouthfeel.

    Brewed two teaspoons with ~300ml 175F water 60 sec/30 sec/60 sec in a Fukamushi teapot.
  • Tõnu Saarsen
    Sep 14, 2016, 00:13
    One of my favorite teas. The taste is sweet without any trace of bitterness and it's pretty easy to brew.

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