red maple black tea

Origin: Fujieda City, Shizuoka, Japan / Harvest: June 2018 / Elevation: 1150 feet

Why We Love It: Black tea from Japan is a rarity in modern days. The incredible Kinezuka family was determined to find a way to produce high quality black tea, as it was once historically produced in their region. Ayumi, one of the family’s daughters traveled to Sri Lanka to study black tea and the family purchased a specific black tea rolling machine from the region as well. What came about from her knowledge and the right tools, is an extremely unique tea experience. Unlike classic black teas produced in India or Sri Lanka that boast bold, malty, robust flavors; this Japanese black tea is smooth, earthy, brisk with some tart and fruity notes.

We Taste: woods, tart, and fruit

How We Brew It: Steep 7 grams in 8-16 ounces of 200F water for 2 minutes. For a softer profile, use lower temperature water.