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An incredibly rare white star - mutated gene white leaf tea (Hakuyoucha | 白葉茶) from Hoshino village. An uncommon green tea made with leaves that have a color ranging from very pale green to yellow

Tea Profile



Cultivar: Hakusei
Origin: Yame, Fukuoka, Japan
Farmer: Mr. Takaki
Picking: 2021 Spring 1st Flush
Processing: tea fields are shaded and 100% of sunlight is blocked a couple weeks before harvesting.
Tasting Notes: bold umami, low astringent, good sweetness; tastes like cooked okra, vegetal, viscous thick; green melon aftertaste
Chá Qì: invigorating and uplifting energy


Production Method
Cuttings of mutated plants are then replanted into small fields of tea, after which, at least 3 years are necessary for a field to be ready for harvest.
The tea fields are shaded and 100% of sunlight is blocked for a few weeks before harvest in May. 


This tea is rich in amino acids, twice as much as a sencha from the Yabukita cultivar. The catechin content is often lower.
Recommended Brewing*

🌱    6 g
💦    110 ml
🎚    65 ℃
⏱    70 sec

It can be brewed up to 4-5 brews.
After 1st brew,  water temperature can raise up 5℃ for each brew, and tea will be served in 15 - 30 seconds.


* We recommend to preheat the teapot by rinsing it with heated water before you put the tea in. And another charm of this tea is that, it can be brewed as Gōng Fū Chá style. And there is no astringency.


Price 
€ 26 (50g) | € 43 (100g)




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Hakusei is an original white leaf tea that was a result of careful breeding from naturally mutated seedlings hat turned the colour of the leaves into a very pale shade of green. The name “white leaf” refers to the pale colour of the leaves prior to harvest. It is not white tea as we often see in China (which is more of a production method), but rather a very special type of sencha.

Mr.Takaki started planting the seedlings 5 years ago, but even now it is still rare as the production amount is still very low in Japan. We are so lucky and excited to share this tea with you all.

The combination of this special cultivar and the shading before harvest lead to high amounts of L-theanine, which is one of the many amino acids found in tea, and it is the substance responsible for a sense of relaxation when drinking green tea. This tea is also rich in arginine - another essential amino acid which helps with immune system and blood pressure regulation.  

This tea is extra special to us in that it is one of the few Japanese teas we have tried that can handle Gong Fu style brewing. The structure of the tea does not break under the 100C water, and the quick brews helps spread the umami across multiple steeps while also highlighting the floral notes. We have been able to brew this tea around 9 times Gong Fu Style.

When drinking this White leaf tea,  not only do you feel its invigorating and uplifting energy, but this tea also settles you with vegetal umami and green melon sweetness that's reminiscent of the sweet coastal air at the seaside farm.


︎ This tea is also part of Curated Set #1 Mountain Breath#2 Golden Fields.