umijoshi wrote:This is the 4th or 5th time recently that Japan has been mentioned as an example of a country that usually lists the cultivars used in their end products. Is this mainly a Japanese specific practice or do other countries do it as well?
Japan does it because it is easy. The Japanese tea industry is almost entirely based on clonal tea, and only uses a few cultivars for everything.
As of 2010, 77% of all tea grown in Japan is from the Yabukita cultivar, for instance.
Typical cultivar information is like this : http://www.tocklai.net/activities/tea-c ... es-clones/
Name, yield notes, but not really much on flavor.