This fermented Japanese tea is from the Shizuoka region. It is harvested at 400 metres above sea level. While they are not a common sight on the market, Japan is home to renowned fermented teas such as Awabancha, Batabatacha and Goishicha: they have a long history, but their production method remains a closely-guarded secret. Our fermented tea - Yamabuki Nadeshiko - has a production process like no other tea of its type. This green tea is fermented using black koji mould, which is normally used to manufacture Sake.
The production of this tea begins in the same way as a traditional green tea: oxidation of the leaves is stopped using steaming, then the leaves are rolled and finally dried. At this point you are left with a classic aracha tea. The tea leaves are then re-hydrated before being mixed with black Koji grains to start fermentation. Fermentation lasts for 10 days, then the final drying of the leaves is carried out.
Three cultivars were chosen to produce this tea: Yabukita, Benifuki, Fujimidori, as well as tea plants from seeds (Zairai).
A Grand Cru with complex cereal, roasted barley, cooked fruit, caramel and coffee bean notes. A unique dark tea that does not fit any label.
- Shizuoka, Japan
- Tea colour:
- dark tea
- Appearance: small rolled leaves
- Colour: dark brown
- Scents: highly fruity (salted plum, nuts), woody
- Scents: umeboshi (macerated salted plums), cooked fruits
- Colour: mahogany
- Texture: powdery
- Flavours: sweet
- Aromas: cereals, roasted barley grains (Mugicha), fruity (cooked fruits), woody, caramel,coffee beans, toasted finish
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a fermented tea with a complex and uniquearomatic profile. It develops fruity cereal and cooked fruit flavours, which combine with long-lasting toasted notes. It has a round, subtly powdered texture, and its flavour - revealing a sweet effect with a long finish - can be enjoyed by amateurs and experts alike
Suggestion of preparation
With the testing: 5 minutes in water heated to 90°C
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.