Mandokoro is a small neighborhood in Higashiōmi city [東近江市], situated on the western flank of the Suzuka mountain chain [鈴鹿山脈], which runs through Mié along the borders of Gifu and Shiga prefectures. Eigenji temple is located at the foot of the mountains, whereas the tea gardens are situated higher up at approximately 300 to 400 m above sea level. The bushes rely upon water from the Echi river [愛知川], which leads into Eigenji dam first, and then makes its way to the Yodo river in Osaka.
In Mandokoro, only native cultivars are in use and this has always been the case, most of which are at least over 60 years old. There are several reasons for this, but the most accurate explanation is that other cultivar species cannot survive the cold winters of this region. The native bushes from Mandokoro grow low to the ground and have extremely flexible branches. When snow piles up on top of them, their flexibility allows the plant to give way to the weight without breaking from the pressure. Other cultivars would be prone to snap. Our Mandokoro white tea is a tea that we are lucky to be able to offer to you, it is truly an exclusive tea that you are sure to enjoy. This is a full leaf tea which means you will need a tea infuser that is big enough to fit the leaves, also you will be able to get 3-4 brews out of a single amount of tea.
Floral, Mellow, Umami
Brew with a water temperature of 150-160°F (65-76°C) for 2-3 minutes
30 second increase time for additional infusions.
A second steeping still contains a lot of flavor, so save your leaves and rebrew if desired.