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Matcha

Premium Organic Matcha 30g


Charaku Premium Organic Matcha comes from fields high in the mountains of the Nishio region of central Japan, the country's premier location for growing organic tencha, the base tea to produce matcha. Only the best leaves are hand-picked and granite stone-milled to produce our high quality matcha. It is Japanese-certified Organic and also Kosher-certified.

$24.95           sale price $21.95

Sencha

Organic Asatsuyu Fukamushi Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Organic Asatsuyu Fukamushi (deep-steamed) Sencha, 2019 SHINCHA
Origin: Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Cultivar: Asatsuyu
As with most deep-steamed tea, it infuses quickly and produces a deep green color on the first infusion. Very full bodied with grassy flavor and aroma, combined with a hint of marine air. Very smooth and light, with low astringency and subtle amami even on subsequent infusions.

$11.95            

Chiran Sencha, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Chiran-cha - 2019 SHINCHA, Sencha from Chiran City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Infuses to a deep emerald-golden green with an herbaceuos and slightly nutty aroma and flavor. Full-bodied, and very smooth with a moderate astringency level.

$8.50            

Gokase Organic Kamairi Tamaryoku Sencha, Miyazaki, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Gokase Organic Kamairi Tamaryoku Sencha, Miyazaki Prefecture - 2019 SHINCHA. This Kamairi (pan-fired) Tamaryoku Sencha infuses to a golden-green hue; and is a smooth, full-bodied tea with well-balanced flavors of amami (sweetness,) grassiness, and astringency. The sweetness in this tea is slightly reminiscent of sweet potatoes.

$12.50            

Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha -2019 SHINCHA is a chuumushi (medium-steamed) tea that brews to a warm green color. It's a low astringency, soft and smooth, medium body tea with mellow amami (sweetness) notes. Zairai means native and represents an older cultivar of the Japanese tea family.

$10.50            

Meiryoku Organic Sencha, Kagoshima, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Meiryoku Organic Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2019 SHINCHA
This Organic Sencha from Kirishima infuses to a nice green hue, with a slight woodsy aroma. It is a smooth tea with good mouthfeel. It has the characteristic grassy taste and medium-level astringency characteristic of fine sencha.

The Kirisihima region of Kagoshima Prefecture has become a leading center of organic tea production in Japan in recent years. The region as a whole has enjoyed a reputation for producing delicious teas for many years. The Kirisihima region of Kagoshima Prefecture has become a leading center of organic tea production in Japan in recent years. The region as a whole has enjoyed a reputation for producing delicious teas for many years.

$10.25            

Oita Organic Sencha; Usuki, Oita Prefecture, 50g -2019 SHINCHA


Oita Organic Asamushi Sencha - 2019 SHINCHA, from Usuki, Oita Prefecture on Kyushu This asamushi (light-steamed) sencha has a smooth, clean taste with slight grassiness and medium astringency that is reduced significantly in latter infusions.

$10.50           &npsb;

Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha; Kirishima, 50g 2019 SHINCHA


Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha from Kirishima City in Kagoshima Prefecture, 2019 SHINCHA.
Kabuse (literally "covered") teas represent a growing technique where the tea plants are shaded for a period prior to harvest. This includes Gyokuro, but Gyokuro is shaded longer (3-4 weeks,) and more completely than a Kabuse Sencha, which might be shaded for a week or two at most, allowing it to occupy a space between Sencha and Gyokuro. This Kabuse Sencha is a low astringency, soft and smooth, medium body tea with mellow amami (sweetness) notes.

Kirishima is located in the center of Kagoshima Prefecture between Kinko Bay to the south and the Kirishima Mountains to the north bordering Miyazaki Prefecture. Organic tea production in the area has increased in recent years.

$10.85            

Asatsuyu Organic Kabuse Sencha, Satsumasendai, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Asatsuyu Organic Kabuse Sencha; Satumasendai, Kagoshima - 2019 SHINCHA Asatsuyu ("Morning Dew") Sencha is also a Kabusecha (Covered Tea) grown with the tea plants undergoing a period of shading before harvest, similar to Gyokuro. Gyokuro may be shaded longer (3-4 weeks,) and more completely than a Kabuse Sencha, which might be shaded for a week or two at most, allowing it to occupy a space between Sencha and Gyokuro. This Kabuse Sencha is a soft and smooth, full body tea with low astringency, mellow amami (sweetness,) and mild grassy notes.

Satsumasendai is located in western Kagoshima Prefecture facing out to the Koshikijima Islands and beyond to the East China Sea. Also cut by the large Sendai River, it experiences warm breezes and an early growing season. Organic tea production in the area has increased in recent years.

$10.85            

Saemidori Sencha; Miyanojou, Kagoshima Pref. 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Saemidori Sencha; Miyanojou, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2019 SHINCHA
This Sencha from Miyanojou in Kagoshima Prefecture infuses to a green-gold hue, with a slight ocean air aroma. It is a smooth tea with low astringency and mild amami (sweetness.) Later infusions bring out some mild astringency and a slight nutty flavor.

The towns of Miyanojou and Tsuruda in north-central Kagoshima Prefecture were combined in 2005 to make the new town of Satsuma. It is known for hot springs, tea, and as the "Take no Furusato" (home of bamboo.)

$16.50            

Sofu Fukamushi Sencha; Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, 50g 2019 SHINCHA


Sofu Fukamushi Sencha, 2019 SHINCHA, 50g. Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture. Fukamushi (literally "deep steamed") teas are steamed for a longer period of time than usual during the initial processing to arrest oxidation. The result is a tea with lower astringency, caffeine content, and a darker color. This Sofu varietal infuses to a nice emerald green color, with a mildly grassy taste and aroma.
Kakegawa, in Western Shizuoka Prefecture, enjoys a reputation as one of the top tea producing regions in the country and both volume and quality. The Fukamushi processing technique is widely used in the Kakegawa area.

$12.50            

Tosa Sencha; Nyugauchi, Kouchi Prefecture, 50g 2019 SHINCHA


Tosa Sencha, Nyugauchi, Aki-shi, Kouchi Prefecture. 2019 SHINCHA, 50g. Yabukita Cultivar. Early infusions have marine air notes in both aroma and taste, with medium astringency. This tea produces a number of infusions, with a variety of tastes, with mellow notes and slight sweetness in later infusions. It is a tea that takes a bit to get to know, but rewards the drinker with a variety of taste experiences.

$10.85            

Uji Sencha, Kyoto, 50g -2019 SHINCHA


Uji-cha - 2019 SHINCHA; sencha from Uji City, Kyoto, infuses to a deep golden-green liquor with a floral and slightly grassy bouquet. The flavor is soft, yet full in the mouth, with low astringency. It is a flavor that reminds one of the elegance of Kyoto, and the fame of Uji as a producer of fine tea throughout Japan's tea history.

$10.85            

Ureshino Tamaryoku Sencha, Saga Prefecture, 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Ureshino Tamaryoku Sencha, Saga Prefecture, Kyushu. 50g - 2019 SHINCHA. Infuses to a light green color, and stays very smooth through 3-4 infusions. The taste displays amami (sweetness) with slightly nutty and herbaceous notes.

$10.50            

Saemidori Organic Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Pref., 50g -2019 SHINCHA


Saemidori Organic Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2019 SHINCHA
Saemidori Organic Sencha from Kirishima is a smooth, full-body tea with light grassy notes and aroma, low astringency, and mild amami (sweetness.)
The Kirisihima region of Kagoshima Prefecture has become a leading center of organic tea production in Japan in recent years. The region as a whole has enjoyed a reputation for producing delicious teas for many years.

$11.25            

Gyokuro (shade grown "precious jade dew")

Saemidori Organic Gyokuro; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g, 2019 SHINCHA


Saemidori Organic Gyokuro; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g, 2019 SHINCHA. This Organic Gyokuro from Kirishima infuses to a golden-green hue, and is a smooth tea with good mouthfeel, nice amami (sweetness), a slight ocean air taste, and low astringency.

The Kirisihima region of Kagoshima Prefecture has become a leading center of organic tea production in Japan in recent years. The region as a whole has enjoyed a reputation for producing delicious teas for many years.

$16.50            

Uji Organic Gyokuro, Kyoto 50g - 2019 SHINCHA


Uji Organic Gyokuro, Kyoto, 2019 SHINCHA. This Saemidori cultivar, Organic Gyokuro from Uji infuses to a golden-green hue, and is a smooth, yet full-bodied tea with grassy and buttery notes and a slightly astringent finish, lasting through multiple infusions.

$13.50            

TEMP OUT OF STOCK Yame Gyokuro, Fukuoka Prefecture, 50g - 2019


TEMP OUT OF STOCK Yame Gyokuro - 2019 from Hoshino Village, Yame, Fukuoka. Infuses to a rich golden-green with a grassy and slightly woodsy aroma. Good gyokuro is often compared to a fine dashi (broth) and this tea is full in the mouth with an herbaceous, sweet, and slight marine flavors. A low temperature is needed to bring out the "amami," or sweetness, and low astringency that gyokuro is known for.

$13.50            

Genmaicha (sencha + roasted brown rice)

Kagoshima Organic Genmaicha - 2019 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Organic Genmaicha - 2019 SHINCHA. Organic Yabukita Sencha from Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, + Organic Brown Rice Blend from Niigata and Shizuoka. Our Organic Genmaicha infuses to a very smooth and fragrant tea with low astringency. It has the grassy notes of good Sencha, plus the warm toasty aroma of roasted brown rice.

$7.95            

Kawane Genmaicha, Shizuoka, 50g


Kawane Genmaicha - 2019 SHINCHA, Sencha blended with roasted brown rice, from Kawane City, Shizuoka Prefecture, produces a rich green color with a roasted, somewhat nutty aroma and taste. Although this flavor provides the tea with a robust toasty character, it is relatively smooth and refreshing to drink.

$7.50            

Kukicha/Karigane

Asahina Karigane, Stem Tea from Gyokuro; Asahina, Shizuoka, 50g -2019 SHINCHA


Asahina Karigane - 2019 SHINCHA, stem tea of Gyokuro. Origin: Asahina Valley, Okabe City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Karigane refers to kuki-cha (stem tea) made specifically from the stems of Gyokuro. Infuses to a deep golden-green in the first infusion. The flavor and aroma are grassy with a slightly sweet finishing note. Full-bodied, but with very low astringency and lower caffeine content than sencha or gyokuro. More delicate and slightly sweeter than regular kukicha.

$8.95            

Kagoshima Kukicha, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g -2019 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Kukicha - 2019 SHINCHA, made from stems of sencha from Kagoshima Prefecture infuses to a deep golden-green in the first infusion. The flavor and aroma are grassy with a slightly sweet finishing note. Full-bodied, but with very low astringency.

$8.50            

Houjicha (roasted teas)

Kagoshima Organic Houjicha, 40g - 2019


Kagoshima Organic Houjicha (Roasted Bancha)- 2019 from Kagoshima Prefecture. The roasting process produces a very savory and smoky aroma and a slightly sweet flavor reminiscent of sweet potatoes or apricots, in a deep chestnut brown liquor. Very low astringency, caffeine, and tannin levels make this a smooth and mellow tea that can be enjoyed anytime by tea drinkers of all ages.

$7.50            

Wakoucha (Japanese Black Tea)

Organic Benifuuki Wakoucha (Japanese Black Tea;) Kirishima, Kagoshima 50g


Organic Benifuuki Wakoucha (Japanese Black Tea) from Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 2019.
Japanese Black Tea, or Wakoucha (literally "red tea,") is not nearly as well-known as Japanese Green Tea, even though black tea has been produced in Japan since the late 1800's as an export item to Europe and the United States. The Benifuuki varietal is a cross between Assamica and Sinensis varieties, and is well-suited to creating a uniquely Japanese black tea. It has a lovely red color, and a slightly fruity flavor and aroma. The level of astringency is relatively low compared to non-Japanese black teas, so it can be enjoyed with or without milk and sugar. We hope you will enjoy this unique Japanese tea.

$11.00            

Gift Box

Charaku Gift Box, Holds 2-4 50g Tea Packs


Gift Box for two to four 50 gram loose leaf tea packs. L.9"(23cm) x W.7"(18cm) x H.1.625"(4cm.) Giving tea as a gift? Add on this sturdy gift box created in Japan especially for our wrapped tea packages. All of our 50g tea packs fit these gift boxes. Note: only our Charaku Houjicha, which is lighter and needs a larger package, does not fit into our gift boxes.

$1.75            
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