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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

Chashi Meijin Fukamushi Sencha; Kakegawa, Shizuoka, 50g - 2018 SHINCHA


Chashi Meijin Fukamushicha - 2018 (deep-steamed tea,) Sencha. Origin: Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Cultivar: Yabukita. This premium fukamushi sencha was awarded the Gold Medal by Monde de Selection, an independent product quality testing institute in Brussels, Belgium. 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 even on subsequent infusions.

$11.95            

Chiran Sencha, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g - 2018 SHINCHA


Chiran-cha - 2018, 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Gokase Organic Kamairi Tamaryoku Sencha, Miyazaki Prefecture - 2018. 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha -2018 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Meiryoku Organic Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2018
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 -2018 SHINCHA


Oita Organic Asamushi Sencha - 2018, 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            

Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha; Kirishima, 50g 2018 SHINCHA


Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha from Kirishima City in Kagoshima Prefecture.
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            

Sakimidori Organic Sencha, Kagoshima Pref., 50g - 2018 SHINCHA


Sakimidori Organic Sencha, from Kirishima in Kagoshima Prefecture, is a chuumushi (medium-steamed) tea that brews to a light green color. It has a slight marine air aroma, with flavors ranging from slightly grassy to lightly citrus. It's smooth and low in astringency.

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            

Saemidori Sencha; Miyanojou, Kagoshima Pref. 50g - 2018 SHINCHA


Saemidori Sencha; Miyanojou, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2018
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 2018 SHINCHA


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 2018 SHINCHA


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 -2018 SHINCHA


Uji-cha - 2018; 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Ureshino Tamaryoku Sencha, Saga Prefecture, Kyushu. 50g - 2018. 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            

Yakushima Organic Yutakamidori Sencha, Kagoshima, 50g -2018 SHINCHA


Yakushima Organic Yutakamidori Sencha - 2018, Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture. Yakushima Island's relative isolation about 65 km Kyushu has recently encouraged many tea growers there to practice organic farming. This Yutakamidori variety of sencha has a light and mildly sweet taste with low astringency. We are pleased to be able to offer Yakushima tea as an organic option to our customers.

$12.50            

Gyokuro (shade grown "precious jade dew")

Saemidori Organic Gyokuro; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g, 2018 SHINCHA


Saemidori Organic Gyokuro; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g, 2018. 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Uji Organic Gyokuro, Kyoto, 2018. 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            

Yame Gyokuro, Fukuoka Prefecture, 50g - 2018 SHINCHA


Yame Gyokuro - 2018, 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Organic Genmaicha - 2018. 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 - 2018, 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 -2018 SHINCHA


Asahina Karigane - 2018, 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 -2018 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Kukicha - 2018, 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 - 2018 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Organic Houjicha (Roasted Bancha)- 2018 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.
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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