Master Kotaro Shinbara
Sensational Sae is an elegant, sophisticated, and complex kabusecha from Chiran, using the Saemidori cultivar, and Master Shinbara's own signature style to finish it. Chiran is the most prestigious region for tea in Kagoshima Prefecture, and is identified by a very fragrant, full-bodied taste that boasts confidence in every sip. Close in proximity to the active Sakurajima volcano in the Kagoshima City Bay, the soil here is rich in volcanic minerals, delivering a mildly oceanic yet powerful tea filled with umami. Sensational Sae takes you on a tasting adventure with layer upon layer of exquisite notes, with a thick, almost chewy mouthfeel, that leaves your palate sweet forever. You will feel like you’ve been transported near the ocean with a beautiful volcano next to you, inhaling the fresh sweet air. The name Shinbara is synonymous with Kagoshima tea, thanks to Master Kotaro Shinbara’s grandfather Nijiro Shinbara, who is considered the “father of Kagoshima Teas”. With such lineage, it’s no wonder his teas are the pinnacle of perfection.