Recently we were interviewed about the what makes Japanese Tea unique. Here’s what we said!
Tea is an intrinsic part of both British and Japanese cultures, can you draw any similarities between them?
For hundreds of years tea has brought people together. Visitors and friends, guests at a home, even strangers are often first offered a cup of tea. In both Britain and Japan tea is a vital glue to bring people together.
Which types or blends would you recommend to a newbie to Japanese tea drinking?
If new to Japanese tea it is worth noting its flavours tend to be rich and full. Japanese tea is strong in umami flavour and Japanese green tea, when compared with the more familiar Chinese green tea, has vegetal notes of mineral, seaweed, asparagus and spinach. We therefore recommend a newbie ensures they steep (infuse) the leaves for a shorter period (1 minute only).
Japanese Black teas tend to have fruity notes of berry and stone fruit. They are not suitable for milk.
Genmaicha is green tea with toasted rice (it literally means ‘rice tea’). So give it a go if you like popcorn!