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Japanese Teas

Tea is the most commonly drunk beverage in Japan and an important part of Japanese culture. We have sourced nine exquisite Japanese teas. They really are different and will re-awaken anyone´s passion in tea.

Tea was first introduced to Japan from China in the 700s and was a luxury product available in small amounts to priests and noblemen as a medicinal beverage.

Around the beginning of the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), Eisai, the founder of Japanese Zen Buddhism, brought the custom of making tea from powdered leaves back from China. Subsequently, the cultivation of tea spread across Japan.

During the Muromachi Period (1333-1573), tea gained popularity among people of all social classes. They gathered for big tea drinking parties and played a guessing game, whereby participants, after drinking from cups of tea being passed along, guessed the names of tea and where they came from. Collecting and showing off prized tea utensils was also popular among the affluent.

At about the same time, a more refined version of tea parties, with Zen-inspired simplicity and a greater emphasis on etiquette and spirituality developed. These gatherings were attended by only a few people in a small room where the host served the guests tea, allowing greater intimacy. It is from these gatherings that the tea ceremony has its origins.

Today in Japan, Green Tea is the most common type of tea, and when someone mentions "tea" without specifying the type, it is green tea that is referred to. Green tea is also the central element of the famous tea ceremony. Among the most well-known places for tea cultivation in Japan are Kagoshima and Uji.

June 2015 - We have added a rare black tea from Kane's in Shizuoka, Japan, 'Wa Koucha', which is Japanese for 'Red Tea', a name often used in China and Japan to describe Black Tea.

Bancha Tea

Bancha Green Tea is made from the summer and autumnal picking of the

Genmaicha Tea

This tea takes its name from the unpolished brown rice (genmai), which is

Gyokuro Tea

Gyokuro tea is a variety of Ryokucha (green tea) and is considered the

Hojicha Tea

This is a very different tea indeed and was created when a Kyoto Merchant

Kukicha Tea

Kukicha, or twig tea, is a blend of stems, stalks, and twigs, which are

Matcha Tea

Matcha is the tea that is used in the Japanese tea ceremony and is also

Sencha Fukujyu

Otherwise known as Green Spider Leg, because of the appearance of the tea

Sencha with Cherry Blossom

Sencha Teas are pan-fired green teas that have a beautiful vegetal flavour

Wa-Koucha Black Tea

I was lucky enough to be introduced to this Japanese Black Tea by a friend