May 2019 – Genmaicha from Shimane

For the beginning of the Reiwa era, we have selected a Genmaicha (玄米茶) from the prefecture of Shimane (島根). Enjoy the light bitterness of the tea combined to the sweetness of Nita rice (仁多米)! Genmaicha This Genmaicha (玄米茶), or “brown rice green tea” in English, comes from Shimane prefecture. It is made out of 100% Nita rice, called “Nitamai“ (仁多米), one of the most famous brand of rice in Japan. It is produced naturally in the area of Okuizumo (奥出雲)
- May 2019 – Genmaicha from Shimane

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April 2019 – Tamaryokucha from Shimabara

This month we selected a Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶) from Shimabara (島原), in the prefecture of Nagasaki (長崎県). Tamaryokucha is also called Guricha (ぐり茶) curly tea, owing to the shape of its leaves. Steep up to three times, and enjoy its soft taste, with tones of citrus, grass and berries! Tamaryokucha This is the second time we introduce a Tamaryokucha. Tamaryokucha is mostly produced in Kyūshū (九州), especially in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Moreover, this tea represents only 2.2% of the
- April 2019 – Tamaryokucha from Shimabara

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March 2019 – Hōjibancha from Tsukigase

This month we selected a Hōjibancha (ほうじ番茶) from Tsukigase (月ヶ瀬) in the prefecture of Nara (奈良). It a light and soft smoked tea, recommended to everybody! Organic Hōjibancha The name of Hōjibancha (ほうじ番茶) is a portmanteau formed from Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) and Bancha (番茶). Its processing is done according to that of Bancha, followed by that of Hōjicha. First of all, we make Bancha. It is a kind of sencha from a late harvest. Owing to the sunshine over the summer,
- March 2019 – Hōjibancha from Tsukigase

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February 2019 – Gyokuro from Hoshino

Thank you for your patience! Finally, we are sending you Gyokuro again. This month we selected a Gyokuro (玉露) from the village of Hoshino (星野村), in the district of Yame (八女), in the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡). Gyokuro It is said that Gyokuro is the king of Japanese green teas. Gyokuro is often translated as “jade dew” as its color reminds that of jade. For the elaboration of Gyokuro, you can see our blogpost from September 2015. I compare Gyokuro
- February 2019 – Gyokuro from Hoshino

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January 2019 – Kakegawacha from Shizuoka

明けましておめでとうございます! Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu! Best wishes for a happy, prosperous and healthy new year 2019! To make a good start for our first Tomotcha of the year, we selected a Kakegawacha (掛川茶), a type of Fukamushicha (深蒸し茶) from the city of Kakegawa (掛川市) in the prefecture of Shizuoka (静岡). Shizuoka is the largest producer of green tea in Japan. Kakegawacha / Fukamushicha Tea plantations of Kakegawa are located on a gentle hill and abundantly exposed to the sun. Tea leaves grown
- January 2019 – Kakegawacha from Shizuoka

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