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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 $22.50

Sencha

Organic Asatsuyu Fukamushi Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g - 2020 SHINCHA


Organic Asatsuyu Fukamushi (deep-steamed) Sencha, 2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Chiran-cha - 2020 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            

NEW - Hachijyuhachiya (88th Night) Sencha; Kobayashi, Miyazaki, 50g - 2020 SHINCHA


Hachijyuhachiya (88th Night) Sencha; Kobayashi, Miyazaki, 50g - 2020 SHINCHA. The annual tea harvest in Japan begins 88 days after Risshun, the start of spring on the traditional Japanese calendar. Drinking tea picked on this day has always been considered auspicious and believed to bring good health throughout the year. Often reserved for family and friends, this tea has naturally limited availability. Charaku Fine Japanese Tea is pleased to offer Hachijyuhachiya Sencha this year! This Asamushi (light-steamed) Sencha from Kobayashi in eastern Miyazaki is smooth with low astringency. We hope it brings you health and good fortune this year!

$12.50            

Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g - 2020 SHINCHA


Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha -2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Meiryoku Organic Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Oita Organic Asamushi Sencha - 2020 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            

TEMP OUT OF STOCK - Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha; Kirishima, 50g - 2020 SHINCHA


TEMP OUT OF STOCK - Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha from Kirishima City in Kagoshima Prefecture, 2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Asatsuyu Organic Kabuse Sencha; Satumasendai, Kagoshima - 2020 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            

NEW - Saemidori Fukamushi Sencha; Ei, Kagoshima, 50g, 2020 SHINCHA


NEW - Saemidori Fukamushi Sencha; Ei, Kagoshima, 2020 SHINCHA
Origin: Ei, Kagoshima Prefecture
Cultivar: Saemidori
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 Saemidori varietal infuses to a nice medium green color, with a mild marine air aroma. The tea is very smooth with good body, and a good balance of mostly amami (sweetness) and a slight finish of shibumi (astringency.)
The town of Ei, in the former county of Ibusuki in southern Kagoshima Prefecture, was combined with the towns of Chiran and Kawanabe in 2007 to make the new city of Minamikyushu. All three towns are noted tea growing regions, but Ei Sencha has often been compared to Gyokuro for the tea's reputation of being smooth and mellow.

$14.50            

Saemidori Sencha; Miyanojou, Kagoshima Pref. 50g - 2020 SHINCHA


Saemidori Sencha; Miyanojou, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2020 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 2020 SHINCHA


ofu Fukamushi Sencha, 2020 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            

TEMP OUT OF STOCK - Tosa Sencha; Nyugauchi, Kouchi Prefecture, 50g 2020 SHINCHA


Tosa Sencha, Nyugauchi, Aki-shi, Kouchi Prefecture. 2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Uji-cha - 2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Ureshino Tamaryoku Sencha, Saga Prefecture, Kyushu. 50g - 2020 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Saemidori Organic Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture - 2020 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            

NEW - Organic Yabukita Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g, 2020 SHINCHA


NEW - Organic Yabukita Sencha; Kirishima, Kagoshima, 50g, 2020 SHINCHA
Origin: Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Cultivar: Yabukita
Yabukita Organic Sencha from Kirishima is a smooth, full-body tea with light marine air aroma, and a good balance of amami (sweetness) and shibumi (astrigency.)
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, 2020 SHINCHA


Saemidori Organic Gyokuro; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g, 2020 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            

TEMP OUT OF STOCK - Uji Organic Gyokuro, Kyoto 50g -


TEMP OUT OF STOCK - Uji Organic Gyokuro, Kyoto, 2019. 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Yame Gyokuro - 2020 Shincha 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 - 2020 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Organic Genmaicha - 2020 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


SOLD OUT - Kawane Genmaicha - 2019, 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 -2020 SHINCHA


Asahina Karigane - 2020 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            

NEW - Organic Kukicha; Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 50g -2020 SHINCHA


NEW - Organic Kukicha - 2020 Shincha, made from stems of Sencha from Kirishima, 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.

$8.75            

Houjicha (roasted teas)

Kagoshima Organic Houjicha, 40g - 2020 SHINCHA


Kagoshima Organic Houjicha (Roasted Bancha)- 2020 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


NEW - Organic Benifuuki Wakoucha (Japanese Black Tea) from Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 2020.
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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