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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. 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
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  2. 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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  3. 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
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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  9. 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

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