Asanoka is a special cultivar with a unique fragrance. This tea’s name means “morning aroma,” but is sometimes called “senkou ka” which means “incense aroma”. The brewed tea has a pronounced scent that is reminiscent of a white peach fruit pie with a hint of aonori (Japanese seaweed). Grown almost exclusively in Kagoshima prefecture, Asanoka is the result of a cross between Yabukita and a Chinese tea cultivar.
Our Organic Asanoka is single estate and grown in volcanic ash based soil by the Kawaji family. Kawaji-san takes extra care with his tea fields, growing his plants with a special fermented organic fertilizer that he makes himself. The region of Kagoshima where it was grown has a high temperature difference between day and night which helps the tea develop a deeper flavor that is vegetal and umami with a light sweetness and without much bitterness.