Tasting Notes: Striking pale green liquor with notes of sweet spring shoots and creamy nuts.
For lovers of Gyokuro and shade grown teas, we recommend that you try this bright shade-grown tea from Uji, Japan.
Shading the leaves is a technique used in high quality tea production to soften the bitter phenols, increase chlorophyll, and further develop the umami richness of the tea. In this case, 70% of sunlight was blocked 14 days before harvest.
Kabusecha's infusion is satisfying and thirst-quenching. Enjoy classic vegetal and marine characteristics with a luxuriously smooth mouth feel. Spring-like notes of spinach, pea shoots, and creamy nuts leave a lingering experience to savor.
This shade grown Japanese green tea may be enjoyed over multiple infusions and benefits from cooler water. We recommend water between 165-175 degrees F for only two minutes on your first Western-style steep. Western-style brewers may anticipate 2-3 gorgeously smooth steeps while those brewing in the traditional Japanese kyusu pot may anticipate 4-5 steeps. Learn more about different brewing techniques for traditional and Western-style brewing here.
Japanese green teas are best brewed between 170-180 degrees for 1 - 2 minutes. Chinese green teas are best brewed between 175-185 for 3 - 4 minutes.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea, like white tea, is made from buds and young leaves. After the initial withering phase the tea is rolled or twisted to release the essential oils of the leaves. This additional handling causes the leaf to begin to oxidize, a process which if left alone, would produce black tea. In order to stop this process at the right time (roughly 30% oxidation) the producer introduces heat in one of two ways: with steam (the Japanese style) or with dry heat (the Chinese style). These two different styles produce two broad types of green tea. The Japanese style is dark green, glossy, and deeply vegetal while the Chinese style is lighter in color and introduces an elegant toastiness to the tea.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. Although green tea is promoted as having the highest antioxidants of all types of tea, varying factors change antioxidant contents between all types of tea. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.