• Japanese Green Tea
  • Japanese Green Tea

Japanese Green Tea

We are proud to be working with Kettl. Working directly with growers in Japan, we are now able to supply pinnacle-grade tea at reasonable prices directly to customers. All teas are packed in a date-stamped oxygen free packaging, air-shipped directly from Japan and cold stored in our store until dispatch.

Ayame Kabuse (100g) $31 — Baked Grass / Nori / Creamy
Bright piney aroma with a dose of round, buttery, and umami, Ayame Kabuse is a Sencha that undergoes shading before harvest. This short shading period takes place 10 days before harvest and intensifies the color of the leaf while adding depth and sweetness. It also works to limit the development of any astringent or bitter qualities in the leaf. Kabuse is often described as the link between Sencha and Gyokuro. It maintains the refreshing brightness of Sencha while also offering a richer, deeper umami associated with Gyokuro. Recommended for those who like their Sencha deep and rich with plenty of unctuous mouthfeel. 

Miyabi Sencha (100g) $34 — Nutty / Sweet / Pervasive Finish
Miyabi sencha is sparkling with fresh, intense aromatics and a sweet and clear finish. Truly one of our most aromatic sencha, Miyabi carries the hallmark "hiire" aroma of many Yame sencha - a deep nuttiness reminiscent of toasted hazelnuts. Miyabi is an easy tea to fall in love with.

Tsutsuji Sencha (50g) $37
 — Springfield / Wilted Greens / Fresh Wildflower
Laser-focused and round on the palate with a balanced umami and sugar pea-like sweetness. Tsutsuji is hand-picked and machine processed to be shown competitively at tea fairs in Japan. Teas of this caliber are meant to showcase the skills of the producer and while they don't make up a large percentage of the volume of a tea makers yearly sales, they are considered extremely important. The beautiful fine glossy leaves are extremely uniform and the brewed color of the tea glows in a subdued manner that exudes sophistication. The name Tsutsuji is a reference to the flower of the blooms in spring, right around the same time that this tea is harvested. If you are looking to try one of the great teas of Kyushu, we absolutely recommend Tsutsuji. 

Uji no Sato Sencha (100g) $22 — Floral / Silky / Delicate Mineral
Light and fragrant, with a refreshing minerality and mild fruitiness, Uji No Sato is a delicate, light steamed Sencha from Uji. The absence of intense umami makes this a wonderful choice for those who find a more "tea" like green tea to be their specialty. It was our hope to offer a tea that exemplified the Kyoto style Sencha: light, refreshing and exotic. This blend of primarily Yabukita was harvested in spring by multiple tea growers and gathered at auction by our producer. The finishing techniques employed are first-rate and this field blend showcases exactly why Uji is still revered as the Burgundy of Japanese tea. Overall, a wonderful daily drinker and a great intro to Kyoto style Sencha.

Uji Genmaimatcha (100g) $19 — Nutty / Toasty / Sweet and Creamy Texture
Made by a cooperative of three producers, the rice, Sencha and Matcha powder are all cultivated separately and brought together creating a wonderful union of color, flavor and aroma. Our Genmai Matcha hails from the famed town of Uji and is a blend of first flush Sencha, high-grade Matcha powder, and toasted puffed-brown rice. A deep green cup with a silky mouthfeel and a lovely baked grain finish. We blend with a higher ratio of tea to rice - meaning the sweet flavor of the Sencha and Matcha are allowed to shine while the rice adds a balanced toastiness. A wonderful everyday tea that is inviting, fragrant and comforting.

Zairai Gold Sencha (100g) $36 — Husk Cherry / Sweet Corn / Meringue
An exciting new tea to our lineup. Zairai refers to tea grown from native tea seeds and not developed by cross breeding. Zairai Gold has a genetic mutation that limits Chlorophyll which in turns limits the the transfer of Theanine into Catechin. Long story short, Zairai Gold is rich in umami and sweetness with a fascinating Husk Cherry aroma. Truly, tea to fall in love with.
Recommended for lovers of the richer style of Kyushu style senchas—our Tsutsuji and Ayame Kabuse for example—will adore this tea.

Chiran Shincha (100g) $40 — Fresh Grass / Savory Tang / Pervasive Sweetness
The very first of 2021 Shincha harvested on April 8th. You can think of it as the Beaujolais nouveau of Tea—the first release and a celebration of the season ahead. This Shincha is coveted for higher levels of aromatic compounds—specifically plant alcohols and Esters that provide an incredibly rich and grassy aroma. We can safely categorize Kagoshima as an area that produces deeply green, fragrant Sencha. The brewed color of tea is considered of high importance in this region—so tea makers avoid any processes that could affect that. Less "hiire" firing keeps a wonderfully fresh aroma and bright green color while deeper steaming intensifies the thickness of the brew without sacrificing fragrance. Chiran is considered one of the most important areas of production within Kagoshima and focuses on both the Yutaka Midori and Saemidori cultivar. Naturally, We gravitate towards the profile of Saemidori as it is sweet, rich and generally a very easy brewing cultivar. We absolutely love this version of 100% Saemidori Chiran Sencha and know you will too.

Mebuki Shincha (100g) $52 — Fresh Cut Grass / Toasted Pecan / Sweet Corn
Our very first 2021 Yame release harvested April 11th—Mebuki is bursting with freshness and aroma— a true celebration of Spring. Shincha is essentially Sencha that is enjoyed for a short period—directly after harvest each Spring. You can think of it as the Beaujolais nouveau of Tea—the first release and a celebration of the season ahead. Shincha is coveted for higher levels of aromatic compounds—specifically plant alcohols and Esters that will, no matter how well stored the tea is, slowly fade with time. So enjoying shortly after harvest is a joy that can only be had once a year. We love this 100% Saemidori Shincha that brews up with a piercing green color. Mebuki presents itself as a bit more reserved when it comes to the savory qualities of Yame tea. We love the balance of Mebuki - sweet and smooth with a hint of nuttiness. We couldn't be more excited to share this beautiful tea. Truly Springtime in a cup.

Asa No Yume (50g) $33 — Intense Aromatics | Artichoke Heart | Toasted Cashew
Just a short drive from the famous tea growing region of Ureshino in Saga prefecture lies the area of Higashi Sonogi in northern Nagasaki prefecture. Higashi Sonogi lies just inland from the Omura bay - just close enough to catch from of the cool breeze of the water. Nagasaki is warm and the cultivars grown here are the classics you'd expect in this region - but bucking the trend, Asa No Yume is made from 100% Asatsuyu cultivar leaves. Asatsuyu is the parent cultivatar of Saemidori (it was crossed with Yabukita) - the reason being it is notoriously difficult to grow. Nagasaki has lower frost risk than many other others - in part due to the ocean breeze - and the soil and hours of sunlight make Asatsuyu a better candidate for the area. And we are thrilled. Asatsuyu provides a clear, sweet brew with an astonishing color in the cup. A neon shade of deep green that is hard to describe. This particular product was the recipient of the 2014 Platinum prize at Japan's national Nihoncha Awards. If you love teas with deep umami, this is the one for you. And with its incredible fragrance and low astringency, every cup of this turns our great.

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