Kirishima is a city located in Kagoshima Prefecture located on the island of Kyushu. This is the country's southernmost tea region and it is considered as a first place, where tea plant stated to be cultivated. Kagoshima is one of the biggest tea growing prefectures in Japan. Subtropical mild climate, rich volcanic soil, and high mastery of local farmers creates a high-quality green tea, one of the best in Japan! Kirishima's tea is famous for its very delicate flavour and rich full-bodied 'umami' taste.
This tea is a great aperitif before a meal, a great alternative to wine. It can be brewed with classic or cold-brewing methods. In the second case, tea can be infused with cold water for 1.5-3 hours. The infusion is light, tender, and rich. Its sweet taste and 'Umami' note pair perfectly with light salads, Hiashi Wakame (seaweed), broccoli, green peas, cucumber, and rice. You can experiment with different savoury or sweet food to find your own perfect combination. Due to a complex, intense taste, this tea can fit a lot of different things. You can also add this tea to a sauce, vinegar, or oil and leave it for some time to exchange the flavours.
"Only Yabukita tea cultivar, which is the most famous and cultivated in Japan. Now it's about 70% of the tea trees. Yabukita tea tree is the mother of most of the Japanese tea cultivars. Very vegetal and the stronger tea in terms of sea notes."
Florian Aumaire (Les thés sur terre)