Sencha fukamushi from Yame, Yamakai cultivar.
Drums emerges from bold aromatics to a sweet and mellow profiled sencha, like chaos turned into rhythm by the rolling taiko of the temple ceremony, like noise turned into beauty.
The Yamakai cultivar from which this tea has been produced is rarely found in Japan outside of Shizuoka. Still, from time to time, we meet farmers who keep one or two lots of these amazing plants, most often under shade. This special Yamecha is produced from a rare occurrence of unshaded Yamakai culture in Yabe village.
Drums is a relatively deep steamed sencha that brews a rich cup full of flavors. Its long hiire (roasting) adds warm bread aromas to its cake-like hazelnut fragrances to make it a pure gourmet tea. Fried spinach under layers bring along a little astringency better expressed on subsequent infusions.
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