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Japanese Tea

Japanese Tea, Japanese 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 tea is 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 tea therefore has a much more intense flavour, tends to be darker in colour and has 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. Wild Cherry Green

    Wild Cherry Green

    A Sencha tea flavoured with Japanese Wild Cherry and rose petals. This fine quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in China. This is a great tea and offers very high flavour exceeding its price. We are keeping the teas under the Japanese heading to help you buy teas with the Japanese character rather than Chinese. Learn More
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  2. Sencha Fukujyu

    Sencha Fukujyu

    This is our entry level Sencha from the second flush of teas. It is a fine green colour with a fresh, grassy fragrance and sweetish flavour. This fine quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in China. There simply isn't any Japanese Sencha available in this price bracket. This is a great tea and offers very high flavour exceeding its price. We are keeping the teas under the Japanese heading to help you buy teas with the Japanese character rather than Chinese. Learn More
    From £7.00

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  3. Bancha Hoji Cha

    Bancha Hoji Cha

    An unusual roasted leaf sometimes known as 'Twig' tea. This starts out life as Sencha green tea but the roasting gives it a very different smooth, toasted, nutty flavour. It is slow roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. It is lower in caffeine than most teas and believed to have a higher iron content. We often have expectant mothers sent to us by midwives who have recommended it. Learn More
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  4. 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
    From £7.20

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  5. 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

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  6. Sencha Shimizu Oku-Yutaka

    Sencha Shimizu Oku-Yutaka

    A First Flush, or 'Shincha' Sencha from the slopes of Ryokuchi, Shimizu in the mountains of Shizuoka. The farm is on the island of Honshu. Shincha teas are the cream of the crop. The farmer, Yamamoto Kengo through the use of environmentally friendly techniques produces superb quality tea, which has rich flavour and a strong fragrance. It is sweet and slightly floral with the desired 'umami' character that lingers for an age on the palate. Learn More

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  7. Well-Being Metabolism Booster

    Well-Being Metabolism Booster

    A blend combining the three teas, which are currently being exposed to much ado in the press regarding their alleged benefits to weight loss. It is made up of a Chinese Oolong called Da Hong Pao Red Robe, Fog Island Sencha from Japan and Chinese Pu Erh. The tea flavour is dominated by the Red Robe Oolong, with it's distinctive toasty, almost mellow pipe tobacco note and ripe fruit aftertaste. The delicate notes of the Sencha, whilst somewhat subdued by the other teas, adds a fresh edge to the cup, with the more earthy tones of the Pu Erh adding weight and body.

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  8. 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

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  9. Sencha Kagoshima

    Sencha Kagoshima

    This is the highest quality Sencha from Kagoshima Prefecture, made from 'Shincha', or first flush tea which is the most highly prized plucking in Japan. It has sweet, smooth liquor which has a rich, 'umami' quality in the cup with very little astringency. It is grown in pure, natural land. Learn More

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