Haru Ranran - Icho (bihakko kamairi)

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Haru Ranran - Icho (bihakko kamairi)

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Name: Haru Ranran

Variety: Icho (bi hakko kamairi)

Origin: Aoi, Shizuoka

Tea maker: Tatsuji Takahashi

Harvest: spring 2014

Plant variety: Harumeguri

Haru has powerful and abundant sweet wild orchid fragrance, with a short finish on the palate, and almost no acidity, tannin, or umami present.  This is a tea for someone just wants to enjoy the sweet aroma of  tea.  This plant was originally adopted from Taiwan, and took over 10 year to adjust to the soil and the enviroronment of Shizuoka.  The plant stands like a supermodel shooting out tall bunches of new leaves unlike other slow growing shorter Japanese varieties.   Ultimate ephemeral "catch me if you can"  beauty!  Shake the tea leaves briskly to awaken their wild fragrance.

 

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This is a fragrant tea.  Rule of thumb is when brewing fragrant tea to bring out the scent, you brew with high temperature with shorter infusion time.  This one, recommended by Takahashi's dear wife, is to be brewed at 100C but for 1 1/2 min to benefit both the rich flavor and fragrance.

Brewing suggestion:

Brew with: 3g (2 heaping tea spoon) tea with 150ml water

1st infusion: at 100 C  for 1 1/2 min    

2nd infusion: at 100 C for 1 1/2 min    

3rd infusion:  at 100 C for 1 1/2 min  

*cold infusion for summer day treat

brew with 10g tea with 800 ml cold water    

infuse in the fridge for 6-10 hours