I went to a tea event in Kyoto. Since I brought back a tiny amount of tea leaves I plucked, I tried to process my tea!
1. Withering: Leave leaves for one day. Water content is reduced by 40 %.
(Originally, the weight of leaves is 16.8g. After withering, it becomes about 10.2g)
2. Rolling: Keep rolling while loosening the lump once in a while. It gets sticker and sticker. I did it about for 30 minutes.
3. Oxidation: Lay the leaves thinly, and covered with a wet paper. Leave it for 3.5 hours in my case.
4 Drying: Dry them to stop oxidation. I use a hair dryer, ha, ha.
4. Final drying: Leave it overnight to make them dry completely.
|Looks like tea-ish!|
|too green-ish!?? I would say very light oxidized tea.|
|Very mild without any unpleasant bitterness. |
Whatever it is, it's fun, and I am happy that I've made drinkable tea!