Black Tea: loose leaf

Benifuki 2022 2nd Flush

Kumamoto, Japan

Gold and Best in Show at The Leafies 2022 by the UK Tea Academy

Winner of Best in Show at The Leafies 2022, the highest accolade on offer for the most outstanding tea in the competition and given unanimously by the judges. Produced by the Ocha-no-Kajihara (Kajihara Tea Garden) in Kumamoto, Benifuki 2022 2nd Flush is a truly extraordinary tea. The flavour is unique, with beautifully complex notes of stone fruit and biscuit enhanced by smooth, unctuous mouthfeel. And the tea garden itself produces leaves without chemical fertilisers or pesticides, and is committed to protecting the natural environment. A sublime tea in every sense.


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Best in show tea leaves




  • 4g

  • 250ml

  • 4 mins



step 1:  leaves

For one cup, measure out 4 grams into your teapot or brew mug.


step 2: water

Heat 250ml of water to 95°C.


step 3: time

Pour your heated water over the leaves and steep for 4 minutes.




The leaves are harvested from unusual Benifūki cultivar plants, and then withered, rolled, oxidised and dried using artisan methods to develop a gorgeously complex and intense flavour. Similarly, the tea producer’s commitment to environmental farming techniques – chemical pesticides and fungicides have not been used for over twenty years – and the garden’s mountainous climate mean the tea’s terroir is exceptional. Look for surprising, harmonious and beautifully balanced notes of stone fruit and biscuit. 


Ocha-no-Kajihara is run by Toshihiro Kajihara, a 3rd generation tea farmer based in the rural mountain village of Tsuge in Ashikita Village, Kumamoto. The tea fields are dispersed across the tiny village and mountains – and cannot be accessed by the large machinery commonly used in tea production.


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Green tea field in Japan with blue sky


Toshihiro’s teas have won numerous awards over the years for their extraordinary flavour profiles – and his runaway success at The Leafies 2022 speaks to a tea master at the very height of his powers.


Toshihiro Kajihara of Kajihara Tea Garden accepts the Best in Show award at The Leafies 2022.



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