Red Sunrouge
Yuzu P. Free

Super Premium 97 P.

SKU
5537
Super premium blend of anthocyanin-rich Sunrouge with refreshing yuzu citrus pieces. Balanced and aromatic, with a gorgeous, soft red cup. Grown on the sun-drenched Pacific island of Tokunoshima. 80g
 
Character Floral, with balanced citrus notes; nobly bitter
Tea Garden Tokunoshima Seicha, Mr. Yuki Toyomura
Terroir Tokunoshima Island, Kagoshima, Japan
Harvest 1st (30%), 2nd (30%) + 3rd (40%) buds + 1st to 3rd leaf
Cultivar Sunrouge
Elevation 150m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi)
Shading 20 days (jikagise)
Organic Cert. Cultivation without plant protection products
Grade 97/100 p. (Sunrouge category); Super Premium
 
€17.90
80g

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SKU
5537
€223.75 / 1kg
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Terroir

The family-owned farm, which is in its second generation, is run by Yuki Toyumura (豊村友樹), and comprises around 15 hectares of benifuuki plants. This is the largest area of green tea fields in Kagoshima, located on the picturesque and sunny Pacific island of Tokunoshima. Master Toyumura is one of the leading benifuuki farmers in Japan.

 

Character

Flavour

The visuals of this tea prove to be striking at first glance, since the golden-yellow yuzu peels form a lovely contrast to the deep purple needles of the Sunrouge. The Sunrouge cultivar, which resembles cistus tea, harmonises with the lightly tart citrus note of the yuzu, thus forming a vitalising symbiosis. Through the addition of yuzu to the Sunrouge, the tea is enriched with large amounts of anthocyanins, as well as citrus polyphenols like hesperidin. Adding a splash of lemon juice to the tea not only enhances the aroma but also reveals the beautifully shiny pink colour of the anthocyanidins due to the change in pH.

Needles

Fine, dark needles and light orange yuzu pieces.

Cup

Delicate rosé orange.

Yuzu

Yuzu (柚子) is a citrus fruit of East Asian origin with complex aromas of acidic lemon, bitter grapefruit and sweet tangerine. The fruit is a popular additive to food and drinks in Japan and Korea, and provides natural flavour. In Japan, it is also valued for its essential oils, which, since the 18th century, have traditionally been added to baths to celebrate the winter solstice (Toji).

 

Sunrouge

Sunrouge is a cultivar of the "Cha Chuukanbohon Nou 6" variety, and was specially developed in Japan as a result of crossing the Camellia sinensis and taliensis varieties. The cultivar's most striking feature is the bright red colour of the leaves. This shade is also characteristic of the plant's teas, and indicates a high concentration of anthocyanins. This natural pigmentation is also found in blueberries. In Japan, a squeeze of lemon juice is often added to the tea, which makes it particularly refreshing and further intensifies its red shade.

Laboratory Tests

We go to great lengths to identify the finest organic tea farms across the world’s most celebrated terroirs. All our teas are sourced directly from the farmer and, with a few exceptions, are certified organic or come from pesticide-free farms. Each batch of tea for every harvest is tested for pesticides and other pollutants in an independent German lab to ensure they meet our strict quality standards as well as HACCP food safety requirements. Likewise, the regions of Japan from which we source our teas are tested for radioactivity for every harvest.

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Cultivation & Processing

The small Pacific island of Tokunoshima is located just north of Okinawa, in the Amami Archipelago in the southernmost region of Japan. Much of the volcanically active island is protected as a part of the Amami Guntō National Park and is home to an astounding range of fauna and flora.

Tokunoshima is a popular destination for tourists on account of its natural beauty, bright sapphire blue waters, and pristine beaches. The climate is moist and subtropical with high rainfall. The region is also one of the sunniest in all of Japan. Tokunoshima Island is an ideal location for growing sunrouge teas because the tea plants are able to produce high concentrations of polyphenols and bitter substances under these conditions.

Sunrouge

The sunrouge cultivar is a hybrid of the variety “Cha Chuukanbohon Nou 6″ (C.taliensis x C.sinensis).

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Tokunomshima. Sourced directly from the tea farmer.

Preparation

Brewing Guide

2 heaped tsp. per 100-300ml (55-60°C) water. Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for multiple infusions.

Packaging

High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for this tea is a black tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic strainer. Alternatively, a large glass teapot with a neutral flavour and an integrated strainer, in which the tea can steep and float freely, is suitable.

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