Straw covered tea : Warakake tea
The work for Warakake tea, which means straw-covered tea, has begun on April 5th. It is currently very rare in Japan because it requires a lot of care. When tea farmers find two new leaves in each stem, they start covering the tea leaves with straw as shown in the photo, which was prepared in winter.
The night dew attached to the straw moves to these leaves through covering straws. The tea has more mildness, sweetness and less astringency in taste. It will be harvested in two weeks.
This year proper difference of cold and warm will deliver a very high quality tea harvest.