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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. Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose' Green Tea

    Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose' Green Tea

    This tea is made with the stems and precisely cut leaves of the famous 'Gyokuro' tea, which remain after the production of the first flush tea leaf used to make the prized Gyokuro. The result is a tea both low in caffeine and mild in character. It is mildly nutty and has a slightly creamy, sweet flavour with some notes of fruit and flowers. Learn More
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  2. Gyokuro Kimi Ga Yo Ruler of the World Green Tea

    Gyokuro Kimi Ga Yo Ruler of the World Green Tea

    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
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