Literally “mountain peak aroma”, Minekaori can be found in the prefectures of Miyazaki, Kumamoto, and Oita.
It produces a high quality kamairicha, with a characteristic fragrance. In particular, it’s best as a kamairi tamaryokucha.
If it’s made into sencha, however, the resulting aroma is quite different from the norm and it doesn’t receive a good valuation.
Characteristics of Minekaori
Minekaori has good resistance to cold weather and has about 30% better yield at harvest than Yabukita.
It’s also a normal budding cultivar which can be harvested 1 day later than Yabukita tea plants.
Regarding diseases, it has a high resistance to anthracnose and the gray blight.
Although not a popular cultivar, it isn’t difficult to obtain a tea made with it. With a quick search online, I even found some sites in English selling it.