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Japanese Tea

Japanese Tea, Japanese Green Tea | Imperial Teas

Japan concentrates it's production largely on green tea, most of which is consumed by the Japanese themselves. What little escapes the island varies greatly in quality but at its best it has the most exquisitely sweet, fresh flavour and strong aroma.

Japanese green tea is quite distinct from those produced in China in a number of ways. Japanese teas are steamed immediately after picking, whereas Chinese teas are pan fried, which allows a little oxidation that imparts a very different flavour. Japanese tea therefore has a much more intense flavour, tends to be darker in colour and has a very similar appearance across the varieties.

There are a great number of different growing areas in Japan as might be expected from the country that refined tea drinking into a ceremonial art form. Japan is famous for its 'Gyokuro' teas which are shaded with black curtains prior to picking to increase chlorophyll content and reduce tannin. The dark green leaves impart a sweeter flavour to the cup and more theanine.

Gyokuro tea is also ground into powder to make the famous ceremonial tea, 'Matcha'. We have experienced a great surge in sales after newspaper reports linking it with many health benefits. If we are to believe the claims made for tea drinking it does seem logical that consuming the whole leaf, as is done with Matcha, would boost benefits considerably.

The other major type of tea is called 'Sencha' and this comes in all sorts of qualities, with a wide variety of flavours. This makes up the major part of Japan's entire crop, which makes up just 7% of the world's green tea production.

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  1. Beauty from Within Flavoured Green Tea

    Beauty from Within Flavoured Green Tea

    The many alleged health benefits of drinking high-quality green teas are well documented. This Sencha tea also offers benefits to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. This is due to the high levels of chlorophyll peculiar to Sencha green tea and the fact that it is scented with mandarin and rose oil. This delicious tea offers beauty from within and you might even make a fragrant face mask from the brewed leaves! Learn More
    £8.00each

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  2. Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

    Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

    This is our entry level Sencha from the second flush of teas. It is a fine green colour with a fresh, grassy fragrance and sweetish flavour. This fine quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in China. There simply isn't any Japanese Sencha available in this price bracket. This is a great tea and offers very high flavour exceeding its price. We are keeping the teas under the Japanese heading to help you buy teas with the Japanese character rather than Chinese. Learn More
    £8.00each

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  3. Sencha Wild Cherry Green Tea

    Sencha Wild Cherry Green Tea

    A fine Sencha tea flavoured with wild cherry oil and rose petals. This high-quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in Zheijang, China. The sweet smell of the wild cherry evokes the famous display of spring blossom in Japan. Learn More
    £8.00each

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  4. Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea Powder

    Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea Powder

    Matcha is a superpower amongst teas. This special green tea is derived from Gyokuro tea, whose name translates as ‘Precious Dew’ and is shaded with reed screens for twenty days prior to harvesting to block out the sun. This serves to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid content. It is this amino acid, called theanine, and a special processing technique that give Gyokuro its unique sweet flavour and intense aroma. The greater quantities of these ingredients also increase its health-giving properties over other green teas. Gyokuro teas are then used to make the ceremonial tea Matcha, which is painstakingly ground in a special mill to a fine powder for whisking. Packets sold at a 40g weight. Learn More
    £12.00each

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  5. Sencha Kombucha with Plum Green Tea

    Sencha Kombucha with Plum Green Tea

    Despite its remarkable properties, Kombucha cultivation proved too much trouble for most of us. Luckily it can now be bought in powdered form to which we have added the benefits of green tea and some subtle fruit oils to create a delicious, simple health drink. This fine quality tea is produced in Japan. The very fruity scent of plum and mirabelle is a pleasure, especially in spring and summer time. Learn More
    £11.00each

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  6. Bancha Hoji Cha Japanese Green Tea

    Bancha Hoji Cha Japanese Green Tea

    This unusual roasted leaf is sometimes known as 'Twig' tea. It starts out life as a green tea but the roasting gives it a very different, smooth, toasted, nutty, slightly caramel-like flavour. It is slow roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. It is lower in caffeine than most teas and believed to have a higher iron content. Learn More
    £12.00each

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  7. Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose' Green Tea

    Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose' Green Tea

    This tea is made with the stems and precisely cut leaves of the famous 'Gyokuro' tea, which remain after the production of the first flush tea leaf used to make the prized Gyokuro. The result is a tea both low in caffeine and mild in character. It is mildly nutty and has a slightly creamy, sweet flavour with some notes of fruit and flowers. Learn More
    £13.00each

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  8. Matcha Colada Energy Infusion Tea

    Matcha Colada Energy Infusion Tea

    “If you like Piña Colada...” then you’ll love this alcohol free variation! We don’t really need to describe this classic flavour but we loved the idea of recreating a longstanding classic of the cocktail world with the energy kick of the famous powdered green tea matcha, used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Sweet, juicy pineapple pieces make the perfect foil to the soft, creamy coconut chips and delicate coconut shreds that combined make this perfect summer creation. Learn More
    £13.00each

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  9. Matcha Melba Energy Infusion Tea

    Matcha Melba Energy Infusion Tea

    Blended to evoke the flavour of the famous Peach Melba dessert with the energy kick off the famous powdered green tea matcha, used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Who can resist sun-ripened peaches, the slight sharpness of raspberries and the sweet hit of vanilla ice-cream? Reddish golden peach crunchy, shining carrot flakes and merry flowers reflect the summer feeling. The brilliant green of the tea adds a unique appearance to the infusion as well as lots of antioxidants. A delight to drink when a pudding is pushing the calorie counter! Learn More
    £13.00each

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