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Old Bush Zarai Matcha Powder

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Zairai is a catch-all term for tencha grown from seed, rather than cloned cuttings. Nowadays, most matcha you find is from cuttings - that way the farmers can control precisely what cultivars they have in their fields. Growing from seed is more of a genetic toss-up, as the tea bush that grows from will be slightly different than the previous generation. Since most farmers don’t grow from seed anymore, finding Zairai tencha is not only rare, but often a sign of older tea bushes from a bygone era. What's more, bushes treated with excessive fertilizer and pesticides tend to have even shorter lifespans, so an old tea bush means a well-treated and, typically, organic tea bush. 

These bushes are at least 60 years old, though the farmer thinks they could date to before WWII. The effects of bush age on matcha quality are not really discussed, since so few have any old bushes in the first place. But, it is generally agreed upon in the rest of the tea world that older tea plants yield more complex tea with more powerful energy. This tencha is very strong, and not the best for beginners. It is bright, somewhat bitter, invigorating, and replete with notes of tropical fruit! Definitely a unique experience. 

TASTING NOTES

This batch of Zairai is perhaps the strongest tasting matcha we’ve offered yet. It has very pronounced top notes, with a slight lime-zest flavor accompanied by notes of banana and other tropical fruits.

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  • Sealed Tins for Freshness

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    Your 20 gram tin is packaged in an air-tight cannister and comes with a plastic cap to keep it fresh.