Our Organic Tamaryokucha is grown in Miyazaki Prefecture Japan. The curled, comma leaf shape is unique and when brewed it has a beautiful clear yellow-green color to it. Harvested from the first round of young spring leaves, it is grown and certified organic. Today the vast majority of tea is non-organic, also known as conventionally-grown. Only a small percentage (much less than one percent of all tea) is organic. Organic tea has a simple and traditional flavor which is probably the same as teas grown many years ago in ancient Japan. Organic tea more directly brings the antecedents in the flavor than non-organic tea. The antecedents are the features of breed, soil, climate, and efforts by the farmer. Therefore the flavor of organic Japanese tea is quite affected by these efforts, climate and soil. To grow high grade and quality organic tea, it is required to meet some terms, which are extra time and effort, the range of temperature between day and night in the rolling hills, and calcareous earth. There are not so many places even in Japan which are perfect for farming high quality organic tea.
What is tamaryokucha? Tamaryokucha (green tea ball) has a different shape than most Japanese green teas. Instead of straight leaves, they are round and curly. This tea has a mellow flavor, with light astringency, and when brewed it gives off a yellow tone. The cultivation method and the processing is the same as for sencha, except in the last step. Instead of the tea leaves being rolled and straightened out, they are placed in a revolving drum and dried with hot air. Actually, there are two types of tamaryokucha, the first one is steamed (just like most Japanese green teas) and the second one is pan fried (a Chinese process). Pan fried tamaryokucha is known as kamairi tamaryokucha. The term tamaryokucha by itself refers to the steamed version, and is also called mushiguri . Tamaryokucha is mostly produced in Kyushu (a southwestern island of Japan), especially in the prefectures of Saga, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto. Tamaryokucha was exported to the Soviet Union and the Middle East, because they preferred the shape of Chinese teas.
◆ Origin: Ureshino, Saga, Giappone.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: a delicately sweet, herbaceous aroma emanates from the long, flat, naturally dark emerald tea leaves.. It is subtly balanced, sweet and salty, with a flavor profile reminiscent of fresh cut grass and seaweed.
◆ Notes & Well Being: current research indicates that drinking green tea may help to prevent heart disease and strokes, regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure, facilitate weight loss and fight viral colds and flu. Sencha contains vitamin C and six times the antioxidant levels of black tea.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
175°F - 185°F
1 - 2 Minutes