£70.00 – £99.00
Tea is an intrinsic part of both British and Japanese cultures. For hundreds of years tea has brought people together where visitors and friends, guests and even strangers are first offered a cup of tea. In both Britain and Japan tea is a vital glue to bring people together.
So what can be better than bringing to you some of the fabulous teas Dan sourced on his last visit to Japan! Who will you offer tea to?!
During the trip Dan visited all our tea friends, spread far and wide. He brought back our Ceremonial Matcha, Genmaicha and a range of different Sencha. We have lots of requests from people who want to experiment with Japanese tea so here we are offering this special set!
If new to Japanese tea, it is worth noting that the flavours are richer and fuller than the more familiar Chinese green tea. Japanese tea is strong in umami flavour with flavours of asparagus, seaweed, mineral and spinach. We therefore recommend any newbie steeps (infuses) the leaves for a shorter period (1 minute).
The ‘Better Tea’ pack comprises 4 packs of Japanese Teas ~ Ceremonial Matcha, either Kukicha or Genmaicha and 2 packs of Sencha.
We also offer a Special pack that comes with the 4 teas, complete with a Matcha Presentation set.
Sencha is the tea from which Matcha is made. ‘Sen cha’, literally ‘green tea’ is created by steaming the freshly picked leaf. This process is markedly different to the pan-fry method used to make Chinese green tea. The difference produces a vegetal and marine flavour, much unlike green tea from China. Sencha is rich in the 5th taste – umami.
The finest Sencha is shaded. Depriving the leaf of natural sunshine increased the chlorophyll and this in turn enriches the leaf. The result is a richer flavour and more antioxidants. The newest leaves are shaded for 2-3 weeks in early May. The shading process requires great skill (and plenty of time and effort). For this reason it accounts for only 0.3 per cent of tea in Japan.
Genmaicha is green tea with toasted rice (it literally means ‘rice tea’). So give it a go if you like popcorn!
Kukicha is created with the ‘kuki’ leaf stalks of Tencha leaves. Naturally low in caffeine, Kukicha has notes of coffee, honey and pecan.
Enjoy! And please let us know which you most enjoy 🙂
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'Better Tea' – Japan, with Matcha Presentation Set
Buy any multiple of 3x loose or infusion teas and receive a 15% discount, or 3x pouch teas and receive a 10% discount!
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