Yame Genmaicha tea, £10/100g. A delicious, nutty tasting blend of sencha and toasted brown rice. Unlike most genmaicha, both the tea and the rice are grown by the same person on Mr Ohashi’s small farm in Yame, Fukuoka, Japan. He has not used pesticides for over 45 years and makes his own natural fertilisers.
Try brewing this with slightly hotter water than a regular sencha to achieve a balance between the sweet, grassy taste of the tea and the toasted, chestnut-like flavour of the rice.
Plants: Blend of Camellia Sinensis Sinensis and and toasted genmai (brown rice), Saemidori and Yabukita cultivatars.
Size of farm: 10 acres
Brewing: 85°C, 3-4g per 150ml, 2 infusions.