What's Kuradashi TeaWhat's Kuradashi Tea
(We are planning to sell three limited edition Kuradashi Gyokuro, one Kuradashi Sencha, and three Kuradashi Matcha only available the mid-autumn. If you are a Japanese ta lover, you may know of Kuradashi tea. Like fine wine, it gains an enriched flavor and sweetness over time. Please wait and see.)
At last, we have started the Pre-order sale of Kuradashi Tea!
We have been arranging three limited edition Kuradashi Gyokuro and one Kuradashi Sencha for pre-order sales. They are limited edition of 850 packages each ONLY AVAILABLE this autumn season.
Each pre-order item is anticipated to be shipped around October 5. It is just before the Kuchikiri no Gi ceremony, when people celebrate Kuradashi Tea in Kyoto on October 7.
To pre-order, please go through the order process as usual. (Gyokuro shopping category)

End of Summer and Kuradashi Teas (Around Aug. 24)

This year’s summer was intense all over Japan. In a few areas, the highest temperatures were more than 40C (104F) and broke the records for the highest temperature. Even Kyoto reached above 39C (102F).

It also did not rain much and was quite dry this year. The rainy season usually finishes sometime between the middle and end of July, but it finished around July 9 here Ujitawara, Kyoto this year. We had a lot of rain at the beginning of July due to the typhoon, however it wasn't raining much after around July 10.
It is said that tea trees have not experienced such a lack of rain, combined with intense heat, for at least the past 20 years.

However, tea trees, which are innately strong against bad weather conditions, overcame this severe climate and stayed healthy in Kyoto, despite the heat and dry weather. According to forecasts, it is expected that the autumn weather will be typical as per every year. Farmers pray that the much anticipated autumn rain will bring vitality to the tea trees.

The weather typically starts getting cooler in the early morning and at night in Ujitawara, Kyoto around August 15, after the OBON religious festival. This year, it started getting cool in the early morning around August 10. The lingering summer heat is expected to remain intense.

Autumn is going to be on its way soon and so are our seasonal autumn Kuradashi teas. Following traditional methods, our Kuradashi teas have been enriched in wooden boxes in the granary for one and a half years, since last May, and will be ready in a few more weeks. The deepened mellow and noble flavor of enriched Kuradashi Gyokuro and Kuradashi Matcha will be available in mid-autumn. Please wait and see!

Tea trees under the TANA canopy are shaded sparsely to avoid intense heat.

To prevent damage from intense heat, straw, fallen leaves, or grasses are placed around the base of the tea trees.

These tea leaves are unfortunately partially damaged by the intense heat. Yet, new sprouts will grow vigorously, even on these tea trees, next spring because of their innate hardiness, and appropriate management from the tea farmer.

Tea trees, which are innately strong against bad weather conditions, overcame this severe climate.

Dragonfly has a rest on the branch.

Grasshopper finding the shade of tea tree.

Autumn is almost around the corner.

Our Kuradashi teas have been aged in the granary by the traditional way since last year's May.

Kuradashi teas enriched in wooden boxes.

What is Kuradashi Tea?

Do you know Kuradashi Tea? In contrast to Sencha, which is enjoyed for its refreshing aroma immediately after harvest, Gyokuro and Matcha gain an enriched flavor and deep noble aroma and sweetness over time, and therefore are best some months after harvest. A long time ago, people celebrated aged Gyokuro and Matcha in autumn, just as Shincha is celebrated in spring. This special autumn tea was called Kuradashi Tea, meaning tea taken out from the granary. Our Kuradashi Tea is aged in the granary for more than 1.5 years.

Today's Japanese tea lovers favor both fresh Gyokuro and Matcha, and enriched Kuradashi Gyokuro and Matcha. It just depends on each person's individual taste and preference to know which kind will be their favorite. However, it is more and more difficult to find real enriched Kuradashi Tea even in Japan. It is not easy to enrich and sweeten Gyokuro and Matcha. If one doesn't keep a close watch over their Kuradashi Tea, it will easily deteriorate. Like a fine wine, aged tea can easily pass from a state of being deliciously enriched to a state of being deteriorated.
Besides, all Gyokuro and Matcha do not gain an enriched flavor but only specific kinds of Gyokuro and Matcha. It depends on some factors, such as the breed of tea leaves, how the sunlight is shaded, management of fertilizer and nutrients, the processing procedure, and so on.
Therefore many wholesalers and retailers these days are not willing to accept risks in order to create Kuradashi Tea.
Since we at Hibiki-an, understand the traditional way of aging Kuradashi Tea properly, we are happy to be able to provide you with Kuradashi Gyokuro and Matcha. We would like Japanese tea lovers around the world to be able to experience the remarkable and noble enriched and sweetened flavor and aroma of true Kuradashi Gyokuro and Matcha.

Kuradashi Gyokuro and Matcha, which are aged in the granary for more than 1.5 years, are different from ordinary Gyokuro and Matcha in aroma and flavor, so it may be enjoyable for you to compare this tea with regular Gyokuro and Matcha. The superb enriched and sweetened flavor and aroma of this special tea lingers in the mouth for a while. The aroma is full, but not too strong. The flavor is richer and subtle. The taste is both mellow and enhanced.

Kuradashi Gyokuro and Matcha can best be described in the same way a fine wine is described and enjoyed by connoisseurs. Like Pinot Noir red wine, Kuradashi Gyokuro and Matcha are amazingly full flavored with hints of woody spices, sweet fruits, and nuts, as well as oak, earth, leaves, and grass. It is difficult to describe this remarkably delicious tea and just must be experienced firsthand!

Harvest in May




Enriched by the traditional way




Tasting





Kuradashi Tea: Now Pre-orders Taken!

We are planning to sell three limited edition Kuradashi Gyokuro, one Kuradashi Sencha, and three Kuradashi Matcha only available mid-autumn. Please wait and see!
At last, we have started the Pre-order sale of Kuradashi Tea!
We have been arranging three limited edition Kuradashi Gyokuro and one Kuradashi Sencha for pre-order sales as described below. They are limited edition of 850 packages each ONLY AVAILABLE this autumn season. Two Kuradashi Matcha will start to be sold around late October. Please wait and see.
Each pre-order item is anticipated to be shipped around October 5. It is just before the Kuchikiri no Gi ceremony, when people celebrate Kuradashi Tea in Kyoto on October7. To pre-order, please go through the order process as usual.
Celebrate Kuradashi Tea aged in the granary for more than 1.5 years and enjoy the remarkable enriched flavor and sweetness which can only be experienced once every year! We are certain that the fine enriched flavor and sweetness will captivate you.

Kuradashi Gyokuro and Sencha

[Limited] Kuradashi Gyokuro Super Premium (40g/1.41oz): US$24.00 (Now Pre-orders Taken)
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[Limited] Kuradashi Sencha (80g/2.82oz): US$24.00 (Now Pre-orders Taken)
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