Japanese Green Tea. Why is it special?
Most types of Japanese green tea are briefly steamed vs. pan-fired Chinese styles. The heat has to be applied to halt oxidation process in tea leaves. The result is more vegetal, umami cup of tea, full of aroma and amino acids. Best of Japanese teas have characteristic bright green color and rich brothy flavor with subtle notes of seaweed and ocean iodine.
The Art Of Tea
Green tea is omnipresent in Japan. Once served only to Buddhist monks, aristocrats, and warriors, it became widespread. Now, it is a part of nation’s culture with its own traditions and rituals. Japanese Tea Ceremony is an ancient form of art and a spiritual way to commune with nature and with friends.
The Price Tag
Japanese green tea is not exactly cheap and there are some valid reasons for this. Japan is a small, densely populated country, hence the skyrocketing price of the agricultural land. Add to this labor cost of highly skilled tea workers and limited availability of Japanese tea. Japanese produce only about 10% of world green tea and leave most of it for themselves. Japanese tea constitutes less than 2% of all exported green tea in the world.
Types Of Japanese Green Tea
Most of the tea consumed in Japan is green and it is simply referred as ocha (tea). That being said, Japanese green tea has assorted types and flavors that vary significantly depending on numerous factors. Here are some of them:
- growing regions
- methods of production
- time of harvesting
- parts of the tea plant used for the tea production
(see our top 10 picks below)
-Which way I ought to go from here?
-That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Top 10 best Japanese teas to buy online
100% Certified Organic Matcha. Increases energy and focus, and lifts your vitality and concentration with the slow release of nutrients. Our Matcha provides hours of steady energy without the caffeine crash. Natural Calorie Burner. Increases the rate of thermogenesis and helps maintain a ...
An Amazing Way to Sample Multiple, Traditionally Expensive, Bulk Packed Teas-A great way to try a range of loose leaf green teas, while saving money, and not overstocking on a type of loose leaf green tea you may not enjoy. Some of these teas retails for as much as $150 USD per lb. Features 6-4oz ...
Made with Japanese Sencha tea. With its fresh, flowery taste it is the tea most favored in Japanese homes. Packaged in biodegradable, pyramid-shaped mesh bags. 10 pyramid sachets per package.*
Hojicha Green Tea . Our hojicha (or houjicha) is roasted fresh as noted by its outstanding aroma. A traditional Japanese green tea, hojicha is naturally lower in caffeine yet more robust in flavor than most other green teas due to its roasted character. This brews into a clean, amber liquor with a ...
Organic Green Tea, Organic Rose Petals, Natural Flavors. Deep steamed organic green tea blended with rose petals and essence of cherry. Steeps a heavenly floral cup with a sweet and fruity finish.Caffeine Content: Medium Tart, Floral, Grassy
A convivial drink in Japan shared at home with friends. This unique tea is made with green tea and brown rice. Light golden color and nut-like flavor and aroma. The Rosengarten Newsletter* gives this tea 5 stars and says, "devastatingly delicious...wild nose that goes beyond toasted rice, almost to ...
This green tea blends classic green tea leaves, matcha powder and Asian yuzu fruit for an enticing combination of green tea and citrus.
Gyokuro, a shade grown steamed green tea, is among the finest of Japanese teas. While the young leaves of the spring season develop, the tea plants are shaded from sun for several weeks. This slows the growth allowing, tea leaves more time to develop depth and flavor. The sun-deprived leaves are ...
SPRING 2016 HARVEST - One of those rare beverages that is at once incredibly accessible and incredibly refined. It's one of our best sellers and one of our staff favorites. Wine lovers, take note: this is (perhaps more than any other tea) your entry point into the world of premium teas. The ...
Green Tea. This prized green tea, whose dark leaves denote the careful and mindful nurturing of true artisans, helps to bring forth clarity and focus and has been traditionally used in Zen monasteries as an aid in meditation. Enjoy the rewards of this centering tea with its grassy flavor and ...