This tea grown in a cold upland area among the mountains has a refreshing sweetness and rich aroma
Located at an altitude of 400m, the mountain town of Tashiro benefits from land that is optimal for tea cultivation due to the extremes of temperature. This historic tea-producing town has records from before the Meiji era showing that the Shimazu clan, who has held their territory across the prefecture, collected tea as a tax instead of rice. It was during the Taisho era that the name "Tashiro tea" first became widely known, both within and outside of Kagoshima Prefecture, owing to its quality. Tea merchants in Kyoto would even request Tashiro tea due to it being as good as Uji tea, which is the finest tea in Kyoto. Since the cool climate also lends itself well to organic cultivation, producers in Tashiro town have been focusing on organic tea cultivation in recent years.