Master Hideyuki Kumagai
Formerly named Okumidori after the cultivar, Mineko bears the bounty of summer, with notes of sweet corn and fresh greens.
Like our Fushigi green tea, Mineko strikes a balance between sweet and savory. Despite that similarity, they are very different teas! Fushigi from the Asatsuyu cultivar presents a calm center, whereas Mineko is bursting with vibrant energy, just like our vivacious former staff member who we named this tea after. This deep-steamed tea offers unexpected depth and nuance thanks to its sweet and grassy layers, its practically chewy viscosity, and its savory umami notes.
Mineko is shaded before harvest and then deep-steamed during processing. This approach to tea production places it in the category of Kabusecha… a favorite amongst many Japanese tea connoisseurs. From price to taste, Kabusecha is the perfect midpoint between a more ordinary, unshaded Sencha and an extraordinarily fabulous and expensive, heavily-shaded Gyokuro.
Add this beautiful pink patterned chazutsu to keep your Mineko air-tight and fresh, and save 10% on both! (if you prefer another chazutsu from our range, please tell us at checkout and we will substitute)