Pine Needle Wakoucha
Wakoucha / / Pine Needle
Japanese Black/Red Tea
From Wazuka-cho, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture, Honshu Island Japan
Needle like, long and flat leaves created by rolling in a similar fashion to Sencha leaves. The dry leaves are a combination of woody and grey hues with whispy strands. Once brewed the wet leaves are of deeper, darker tones giving a fresh lasting aroma. Copper colour to the tea soup with a medium to light body, similiar to that of a Darjeeling palate, flavours of fruits and berries becoming more pronounced with the 2nd and 3rd infusions. Also very slight astringency and savoury hints.
Grown in full sun, unshaded cultivation and harvested in July '18. Then undergone Withering, rolling and drying process.
Wazuka is a tea town in the southeastern area of Kyoto Prefecture. Wazuka has been a tea growing location since the Kamakura period as a main producer following Uji tea processing methods. It thought that the Kaijūsen-ji temple introduced tea to the area and Zen Buddhist monk, Shonin Jishin was the first to cultivate tea on Mt Jubu and then in Wazuka.
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Preheat the brewing vessel & cups.
Tea 1 teaspoon (3g)
Water 85-90*c // 300ml
Brew time 2-3 minutes
Reinfuse leaves 2 / 3 times to personal taste.
Increasing water temperature with each infusion.