SAEMIDORI MATCHA | Gokasho
Rich Flavour with Delicate Floral Notes
This ceremonial-grade Matcha brews a gentle sweet Umami creamy broth, with deep and balanced flavours, culminating in an exquisite light and long velvety finish
Saemidori is a highly sought-after cultivar in the world of Matcha tea. Its balanced light body and pleasing gentle finish make it perfect for blending, adding a beautiful green hue and a refreshing flavour to popular Matcha blends. However, Saemidori can also stand on its own, offering a sweet and gentle flavour that's perfect for beginners and advanced connoisseurs alike.
If you're new to Matcha, Saemidori is an excellent choice. Its gentle flavour and body won't overwhelm your palate, making it easier to appreciate the subtle nuances of matcha. Meanwhile, seasoned Matcha enthusiasts will appreciate Saemidori's balanced freshness and gentle flavour, which make it an ideal choice for crafting more complex blends.
Suitable for both Koicha and Usucha.
About the Tea Garden
The Tencha leaves used to craft this high-grade Matcha are carefully nurtured along the fertile banks of the Uji River, benefiting from the nitrogen-rich, well-drained soil found in this pristine environment. Their commitment to traditional farming principles is unwavering, and they employ rigorous methods to cultivate these leaves.
These leaves undergo a meticulous growth process, with a 40-day period of shading preceding harvest. This producer employs a traditional and labour-intensive shading method called Ooishita (覆い下), which uses "Kanreisha," a sunshade cloth, to create a canopy that regulates sunlight exposure. Additionally, they follow the Shizen-jitate (自然仕立て) approach, allowing tea trees to grow naturally in their unpruned form until they are ready for harvest.
This prestigious tea farm, steeped in family tradition and operated with unwavering dedication, has earned a distinguished reputation for its exceptional teas. It has received numerous awards and is celebrated as one of Japan's foremost producers of Matcha. Globally recognized by tea connoisseurs, their teas are treasured for their unparalleled quality, serving as a testament to the farm's unwavering commitment to excellence.
Preparation method: Usucha and Koicha
Cultivar: Saemidori, shizen-jitate, single-cultivar
Origin: Gokasho, Uji
Grade: Koicha - Usucha, ceremonial grade, competition grade
Elevation: 15mt above sea level
Harvest: First flush, Hand-picked (tezumi), Spring 2022
Shade: Ooishita method, shaded for 40 days before harvest
Fertilizing: Rapeseed oil cake, fish cake (tuna and bonito)
Steaming: Medium (futsūmushi)
Flavour profile: Roasted Aonori bouquet, marine notes, light refreshing finish
Producer: Furukawa family