Monday, December 5, 2022

Tea Review: Makibi Kancha Firewood Winter Green Tea (Yunomi/Mitocha)

Makibi Kancha Firewood Winter Green Tea (Aged) 薪火寒茶
Mitocha (みとちゃ農園)/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Nara, Yamazoe Village
Product Description:
An extremely rare tea that few producers adopt these days, this tea lends itself to long term aging, changing little over time.

Learned from farmers in Asuke Village, in the mountains of Aichi Prefecture, farmer Yuki Kayashita harvests whole branches of leaves and steams it in a steamer made from wooden barrels placed over steam created from boiling water with firewood. After steaming for an hour, the leaves are easily separated and removed from their branches. They are then laid out to be dried in the cold, dry winter air and sun.
Temperature: 205° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 5 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet aroma with notes reminiscent of caramel and nuts.

The golden infusion has an aroma of pepper, nutshells, peat moss, and a hint of mint.  The taste has notes of nut shells, walnuts, wood, and a long, sweet, woody finish.

This tea was unique from any other tea I've tasted and curiously compelling.  It produced three full-flavored infusions and I drank every last drop.  The flavor and aroma notes brought back memories from my childhood of eating the walnuts from the trees growing around my great grandparents' home and climbing the mossy trees near my own home.

This tea was purchased by me.

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