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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 Shimizu Oku-Yutaka Green Tea

    Sencha Shimizu Oku-Yutaka Green Tea

    This is 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 a rich flavour and a strong fragrance. It is sweet and slightly floral with some creamy notes, a hint of toasted almond, sweet melon, a refreshing menthol tone and a cleansing grapefruit finish. Learn More

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  2. Sencha Kagoshima Yutaka Midori Green Tea

    Sencha Kagoshima Yutaka Midori Green Tea

    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 with notes of citrus, green muscat, flowers, creaminess, fresh greens, melon, fresh grass fragrance and nettle flower nectar. It is grown in pure, natural land. Learn More

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  3. Genmai Cha Popped Rice Green Tea

    Genmai Cha Popped Rice Green Tea

    This speciality is made from Bancha tea, to which approximately 50 percent roasted or popped rice grains have been added. The incomparable taste is characterized by the mildness of the Bancha tea and is ideally complemented by the pleasant, slightly sweet and nutty, caramel note. Learn More
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  4. Sencha Kombucha with Plum Green Tea

    Sencha Kombucha with Plum Green Tea

    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. The very fruity scent of plum and mirabelle is a pleasure, especially in spring and summer time. Learn More
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  5. Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea Powder

    Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea Powder

    Matcha is a superpower amongst teas. This special green tea is derived from Gyokuro tea, whose name translates as ‘Precious Dew’ and is shaded with reed screens for twenty days prior to harvesting to block out the sun. This serves to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid content. It is this amino acid, called theanine, and a special processing technique that give Gyokuro its unique sweet flavour and intense aroma. The greater quantities of these ingredients also increase its health-giving properties over other green teas. Gyokuro teas are then used to make the ceremonial tea Matcha, which is painstakingly ground in a special mill to a fine powder for whisking. Packets sold at a 40g weight. Learn More
    £12.00each

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  6. Sencha Red Ginseng with Lemon Green Tea

    Sencha Red Ginseng with Lemon Green Tea

    Potent ginseng root is blended with rich, sweet Sencha tea then flavoured with lemon oil. These two superfood ingredients make a happy pairing. Learn More
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  7. Japan Benifuuki Green Tea

    Japan Benifuuki Green Tea

    The flavour is intense, full of honey and floral notes with some cool, mentholated, mineral tones. The leaf has a flatly worked, rough, deep green appearance, a cloudy yellow cup colour and the taste profile presents a full body with sweetness and a nuance of ripe plums as an aftertaste. The tea is extremely high in methylated catechin content, up to 100 times higher than other types, which is claimed to help combat hay fever, eczema and other seasonal allergies. Learn More
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  8. Japan Benifuuki Wakoucha Black Tea

    Japan Benifuuki Wakoucha Black Tea

    Only young Benifuuki leaves are first harvested by hand and then stored and oxidised for 3 months in the dark at low temperatures. This laborious process results in a tea that is extremely high in methylated catechin content, which is claimed to help combat hay fever and seasonal allergies. The flavour is smooth, full of honey and floral notes with some cool, mentholated, mineral tones normally found in Japanese green teas. Other flavours noted are apple, quince, raisin, cereals, muscatel and vanilla. Learn More
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