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Japanese Tea

Japanese tea, Japanese green tea, green tea | Imperial Teas

Japan concentrates it's production largely on green tea, most of which is consumed by the Japanese themselves. What little escapes the island varies greatly in quality but at its best it has the most exquisitely sweet, fresh flavour and strong aroma. Japanese green teas are quite distinct from those produced in China in a number of ways. Japanese teas are steamed immediately after picking, whereas Chinese teas are pan fried, which allows a little oxidation that imparts a very different flavour. Japanese teas therefore have a much more intense flavour, tend to be darker in colour and have a very similar appearance across the varieties. There are a great number of different growing areas in Japan as might be expected from the country that refined tea drinking into a ceremonial art form. Japan is famous for its 'Gyokuro' teas which are shaded with black curtains prior to picking to increase chlorophyll content and reduce tannin. The dark green leaves impart a sweeter flavour to the cup and more theanine. Gyokuro tea is also ground into powder to make the famous ceremonial tea, 'Matcha'. We have experienced a great surge in sales after newspaper reports linking it with many health benefits. If we are to believe the claims made for tea drinking it does seem logical that consuming the whole leaf, as is done with Matcha, would boost benefits considerably. The other major type of tea is called 'Sencha' and this comes in all sorts of qualities, with a wide variety of flavours. This makes up the major part of Japan's entire crop, which makes up just 7% of the world's green tea production.
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  1. Genmai Cha

    Genmai Cha

    A Sencha green tea mixed with with popcorn & rice. Learn More
    £6.00 per 100g

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  2. Tamaryokucha Curly Tea

    Tamaryokucha Curly Tea

    This Japanese green tea is grown on volcanic ground on the island Kyushu, in the Kagoshima prefecture in the south of Japan. The are is called Kirishima, which means island of Fog. The tea gets its special flavour from being pan roasted. It is tangy, berry-like, with an almond aftertaste and a deep aroma with tones of citrus, grass, and berries. 'Tama' means jewelled, coiled ball, Ryoku-Cha, green tea. This refers to its special, almost comma like shape. Sometimes it is also known as 'Guri Cha', after a Japanese decorative pattern. Learn More
    £17.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  3. Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose'

    Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose'

    Kuki is the Japanese word for stick. 'Wild Goose' is translated as Karigane in Japan. This means that the tea is made with the stems of the famous 'Gyokuro' tea. This refers to the fact that this tea is made up of the stems, which remain after the production of Sencha and Bancha tea, and leaf. The result is a tea both low in caffeine and mild in character. It is mildly nutty, and has a slightly creamy, sweet flavor. Learn More
    £12.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  4. Fog Island Sencha

    Fog Island Sencha

    This very high quality tea is grown on volcanic ground on the island Kyushu belonging to the prefecture Kagoshima in the south of Japan. The area is called Kirishima which means island of fog. The lustrous green of the leaf, rich fragrance and sweet , almost spicy flavour are characteristics of this high quality Sencha, which is a special blend of teas grown on Kureshina. It has much in common with the illustrious Gyokuro tea from Japan, in that it is also shaded with black cloth for a part of its cultivation to increase the chlorophyll content. It is one of, if not the most distinctive of all Japanese Sencha teas and whilst not cheap I believe it offers the same quality as teas four times its price. I'm very glad to have it back in stock. Learn More
    £23.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  5. Geisha Tea

    Geisha Tea

    A blend of finest Fog Island Sencha and rose petals, scented with Mandarin and Rose. Believed to maintain beautiful skin. Learn More
    £24.00 per 100g

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  6. Gyokuro Kimi Ga Yo Ruler of the World

    Gyokuro Kimi Ga Yo Ruler of the World

    Kimi Ga Yo, known as 'Ruler of the World', is arguably Japan's very best Gyokuro tea. The tea bushes from which Gyokuro is made are shaded for a month before picking. This has the effect of increasing the Chlorophyll levels in the tea and gives Gyokuro its distinctive character. It has fine, feathery leaves of an emerald green hue. It has an intense flavour and beautiful, lemon green infusion. The tea is so full of essential tea oils that the infusion is cloudy, as the oils emulsify in the water. Learn More
    £170.00 per 100g As low as: £85.00

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  7. Gyokuro Takeru Treasure

    Gyokuro Takeru Treasure

    This tea, Takeru from a garden of Kirishima, is one of Japan's very best Gyokuro teas. The tea bushes from which Gyokuro is made are shaded for a month before picking. This has the effect of increasing the Chlorophyll levels in the tea and gives Gyokuro its distinctive character. It is an organically produced tea, which is very rare in Japan. It has fine, feathery leaves of an emerald green hue. It has a rich, sweet, velvety infusion and beautiful, lemon green colour. The tea is so full of essential tea oils that the infusion is cloudy, as the oils emulsify in the water. Learn More
    £36.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  8. Yamato Kabuse Bio Super Premium

    Yamato Kabuse Bio Super Premium

    Prime quality from the first plucking days of the first flush season in Japan. Beautiful and perfectly needle shaped leaf. The striking appearance is dark, luscious, bright green with a velvety, silky character. The jade green, gleaming cup colour promises a great pleasure. It has a young, fresh, fruity-light sweetness with clear hints of grapes and melons. Possibly the finest tasting green tea in the world. Learn More
    £140.00 per 100g As low as: £70.00

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  9. Sencha with Kombucha

    Sencha with Kombucha

    Despite its remarkable properties Kombucha cultivation proved too much trouble for most of us. Luckily it can now be bought in powdered form to which we have added the benefits of green tea and some subtle fruit oils to create a delicious, simple health drink. This fine quality tea is produced in Japan. Learn More
    £7.20 per 100g

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