The area around Sonogi (Nagasaki prefecture, Japan) is renowned for its tamaryokucha. Tamaryokucha ("ball-green-tea") is a sencha with curled, sometimes balled up, leaves instead of needle-shaped leaves. This is the result of a special way of rolling during the drying process. Sonogi tea farmers often experiment with new tea varieties, both with new cultivars (tea plant varieties) and with black or oolong tea.
This special Tamaryokucha is part of the Sonogi Six Senses collection, composed by Master Blender Kenichiro Nagao of Nagaski, Japan. Nagao visited Evermore in February, 2020 to present his teas and talk about Japanese tea traditions.