MATCHA - HOSHINO HAKUJU 20g

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MATCHA - HOSHINO HAKUJU 20g

30.00

From Hoshinoseichaen in Yame, Fukuoka. Shirehime - Maboroshi no white leaf.

White tea is rare in Japan - this one was born as a natural mutation in Yame (rather than the force-shaded white tea more common in Shizuoka), and about ten years have been spent developing this special cultivar. The leaves are yellow-green in colour, with a sweet aroma and a deep umami taste. It is referred to as a natural gyokuro but without the shading process. The leaves look more green before brewing and when enjoyed as a loose leaf tea you can watch the change in colour of the leaves to a more yellow/white colour.

This tea has been made into the world’s first white tea matcha since 2014 - Hoshino hakuju - possessing a platinum green colour that is much lighter than normal matcha which has been ground from the shaded tencha leaves. This matcha has a very creamy and refreshing taste with an upfront bitterness, likely due to the lack of shading.

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