HOTARU Shiracha 白茶
Master Hideyuki Kumagai
A once in a lifetime tea, Hotaru embodies the hard-to-find nature of the firefly, or Hotaru in Japanese. This rare shiracha, or white tea, yields a sweetness with notes of corn, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. It’s almost as if you are walking through a farmer’s lush garden. Another contributing factor of the rareness of this Shiracha is its processing method. These leaves are cultivated on a small plot in Yame and processed similarly to the Chinese Baihao Yinzhen (white hair silver needle) which uses young tender buds. This reveals the sweet flavors of the leaves proving a truly unique and refreshing flavor unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. An exclusive tea from Master Kumagai who graciously allowed us to offer this limited-edition tea.
Tea to water ratio: 8g/200ml
Water temperature: 60°C/140°F
Steep time: 1 min (1st pot); 30 sec (2nd pot)
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