Zairai Black
Yuzu P. Free

Super Premium 96 P.

Black tea from Gokase, Japan. Special, very natural zairai cultivar from nearly 100-year-old trees. Cultivated by Miyazaki Sabou and blended with yuzu. 100g
  • From the MAFF and Nihoncha award-winner for kamairicha
  • From Gokase, one of the best regions for kamairicha
  • Organic cultivation since 1983; in an idyllic natural environment
  • Especially robust zairai cultivar; from 90+ year old tea plants
  • The addition of Miyazaki's self-grown yuzu lends the tea an elegant, fruity taste


Character Full yuzu aroma, bergamot, balanced and elegant. Sweet finish reminiscent of fresh pomelo.
Tea Garden Miyazaki Sabou 宮崎茶房, Akira Miyazaki 宮崎亮
Terroir Gokase, Miyazaki, Japan
Harvest 1st harvest (ichibancha), mid-May 2022
Cultivar Zairai (100%)
Elevation 600m above sea level
Oxidation/Fermentation Full oxidation
Organic Cert. EU certified organic, JAS organic, organic cultivation since 1983
Laboratory Test Radioactivity (Region 02/2017)
Awards Multiple prize-winner for kamairicha (see below)
Grade 95/100 p. (flavoured tea category); Premium

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Tea Farm

Miyazaki Sabō 宮崎茶房
Mr. Akira Miyazaki 宮崎亮 is a relatively young and now multiple award-winning farmer who took over the management of the family business in 1991. He got into organic farming at an early age because he himself suffered from a skin problem caused by pesticides. His parents had been working to convert the tea farm to purely organic standards since 1983, in the wake of a friend's serious illness contracted in a pesticide accident. In 2000, he finally received the coveted JAS organic certification. In addition to the purity of his teas, Mr. Miyazaki's passion lies in the creation and blending of natural health teas, e.g. Sannenbancha, blends with ginger, yuzu and various herbs, but also Japanese Oolong. Meanwhile, about 200 (!) different teas are made individually for his customers.



This black tea is made from the rare zairai cultivar. The tea tastes earthy and natural with aromas of malt, plum and raw cacao, but gains a fruity aroma with the addition of yuzu, which is juicy like fresh pomelo and yet elegant with a distinctly long and sweet bergamot note at the finish.


Attractive blend of silky, nearly black needles and larger, slightly rolled blueberry leaves


Warm, dark golden brown


Miyazaki Sabou has received the highest awards for tea in Japan. His kamairicha is especially well-decorated, having won the MAFF Award (from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) in 2003 and 2016, and the Nihoncha Award Special Prize in 2014. The tea farmer also received the Emperor's Trophy (天皇杯) of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery Festival (農林水産祭) in 2002. His black tea was recognised with the 2013 Golden Award from the Great Taste Awards.

Black Tea

Black tea is the most oxidised of all tea varieties. Whereas the leaves of green tea are protected from further oxidation, black tea leaves continue to oxidise after harvesting and withering, and this process is even intensified by the thorough rolling of the leaves, which breaks down cell walls and releases the enzymes necessary for oxidation. During this process, the colour of the leaves changes from green to black and a particularly full-bodied and broad aromatic spectrum emerges. In the cup, the tea often glows a strong orange to red, which is the origin of the Chinese name “Hong Cha” - red tea.

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 zairai cultivar is a very old cultivar with unknown origins endemic to Kyushu. It is believed that it was one of the first teas cultivated in Japan and eventually grew wild. Recently, tea farmers have begun cultivating Zairai again, and the tea farmer Miyazaki Sabou boasts zairai trees that are almost 100 years old. These aged trees, in combination with the organic standards for which they are cared for, produce a particularly clear black tea with a robust character.

The tea fields of Miyazaki Sabou are at a relatively high elevation of 500m in the northern, mountainous region of Miyazaki. Although this area is tropical (with temperatures of up to 33°C in the summer), in the winter and at night the temperature drops quite low (-10° C). Snowfall as well as frost can occur from the beginning of October until April.

Single Origin

This tea comes from the above mentioned tea field in Gokase and is sourced directly from the tea farmer.


Brewing Guide

2 heaped tsp per 200-300ml (80-85°C) water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.


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

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for the traditional preparation of this tea is made from natural red clay. During our tasting, a red Tokoname kyusu brought out an even stronger aroma. Alternatively, prepare the tea in a tall glass teapot with an integrated strainer, in which the tea can float and steep freely.

Recommended Storage

A high-quality tea caddy made of cherry bark (solid wood, kabazaiku chazutsu) is ideal. Alternatively, a cheaper, internally coated, airtight tea caddy can suffice.

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