February 14, 2019
Ingredients: Green tea
INGREDIENTS FROM: Japan
REGION(S): Kagoshima Prefecture
GROWING ALTITUDES: 200 - 1000 feet above sea level
MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Non fermented, Traditional steamed, pan dried and polished
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: High
CAFFEINE LEVEL: Low
CUP CHARACTERISTICS: Tending light liquoring, smooth with reasonable depth and body.
INFUSION: Pale yellow green
should come as no surprise that Japan's most influential Samurai, Saigo
Takamori (1828-1877), was born in Kagoshima prefecture, home of Japan
Sencha Kakagawa. Why should that not be surprising? Because, both are
assertive, legendary and "true". We'll explain.
lore, Saigo Takamori was dubbed Japan's last true Samurai. Living only
until his 49th year, the famous warrior fought social oppression, exile
and many battles, winning the hearts of all who followed him. Likewise,
Japan Sencha Kakagawa is thought by many in the tea world to be one of
the truest expressions of Japanese tea, also highly capable of winning
the hearts of all who drink it.
Hailing from gardens not far
from Saigo's birthplace, the fields where Sencha Kakagawa is grown have
been shown in numerous studies to be radiation-free, untouched by the
unfortunate 2011 Fukushima nuclear event. This leads us to the next
truism regarding this fantastic Sencha. If you're familiar with
Metropolitan Tea, you'll know that food safety is something we don't
take lightly. In the same way the Samurai of old, valued and defended
their honor, we value the safety of our clients, and will defend that
position come hell, high water, or a marauding band of sword-wielding
warriors. A fabulous tea, well worthy of its lineage. Enjoy.