Black tea from Nearai, Karabeni 1st flush

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[Grown using organic methods]
Vanilla sugar, red fruits, camphor
Oxidation: ★★★ / Intensity: ★★★
Astringency (tannins): ★☆☆

Karabeni is a black tea cultivar that is very rare nowadays. It was selected in Shizuoka from seeds brought to Japan from Hubei in China. Unlike other Japanese cultivars that are called “beni,” Karabeni does not have Indian roots.
Do not be tricked by the dried leaves’ appearance; this quite a rich black tea from Nearai, west of Shizuoka Prefecture. Its aromas are very sweet, have vanilla notes, honey notes, and a milky sensation. As it cools, slightly acidic berry nuances appear and develop the complexity of the tasting.
With its very light astringency reminiscent of black tea, the overall impression on the palate remains sweet and aromatic. The infusion is very fluid despite its richness and depth.
This spring Karabeni is an excellent black tea with character. It is perfect when drunk “black,” but is even better with milk. It is also a tea with a lot of potential for aging and maturing.

Type of tea : Black tea
Origin : Nearai, Kita Borough, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Cultivar : Karabeni
Harvest : May 8th 2021

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Quantity of leaves: 3g / 1tsp Quantity of water : 150ml / 2/3 cup Water temperature : 95-100°C / 203-212°F Brewing time : 180s

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