These both are from Kagoshima prefecture in the southern tip of southern island of Kyushu.
Kuritawase is a botanical varietal which has the earliest harvesting among all Japanese bush varieties. With the arrival of Kuritawase, spring comes. As only a limited quantity is produced, most Japanese have never tasted Kuritawase Sencha unless you are from Kagoshima prefecture. Kuritawase is grown only in Kagoshima (as far as I know). It is traditional asamushi sencha- shallow steamed.
Asanoka - made with leaves from 1st flush harvest in late April. This is a fairly new botanical varietal first created in a lab in Kagoshima in 1996. It has absolutely wonderful flavor but it has not yet gained popularity as other varietal such as Saemidori has. this tea is fukamushi (deep steamed ) Sencha."
sherubtse wrote:I am especially interested in the Kuritawase.
Can you provide more info about the manufacturer / grower of each selection?
Chip wrote:The Kuritawase is a "sleeper" in that it is a virtual unknown ... otherwise I would likely not have been able to obtain it since it is a very small production.