A flat-leaf Japanese green tea from the region of Shizuoka. Contains very little caffeine. Gives a sweet liquor with very little astrincency.
Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese blend of green tea leaves and grilled rice.
Here is a "Precious Dew" from the Shizuoka region produced from the Samidori cultivar, often used to make Gyokuro and Matcha.
This multi award-winning Gyokuro is very representative of shade teas from the Uji region.
Three weeks before hand harvesting, shade structures which filter out up to 90% of sunlight are placed over the tea to develop what is commonly called in Japan "the taste of the shadows. The result is a tea weak in tannins, highly complex and aromatic.
This green, shade grown tea, its unusual use of the cultivar (Saemidori) and its final drying (hiire), reflects a modern aesthetic, giving a fruity fragrance to the dry leaves. Its liquor is oily and flavorful (umami), dominated by its green chlorophyll and fresh butter notes. Its delicate floral (gardenia) accents harmoniously fuse with fruitier nuances. Enthusiasts take note! It is organic too.
Grown and processed in the region of Uji in Japan, this "shade-tea" is of great finesse. Shade structures which block up to 70% of the light are placed over the tea plants two weeks before harvest in order to soften the leaves and increase the chlorophyll concentration.
From an organic culture on Kyushu Island, this tea is produced by pan-fried method (kamairi), instead of the conventional Japanese method of steaming. This style of transformation gives a particular balance between bitterness and sweetness, exempt from the typical astringency found in Sencha style teas.
This tea comes from the magnificent Ashikubo valley and has undergone a long drying process.