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Japanese Green Teas

Tea is grown throughout Japan but the most well known areas are Shizuoka, Kagashima and Uji. Japan produces about 20 different kinds of Green Tea. High Teas stock over 12 different Japanese loose leaf tea varieties.

Sencha and Bancha – Sencha has a delicate sweetness and a mild astringency. Sencha refers to the first picking of the bush which takes place from late February to the end of May. The later pickings, which have a greather astringency are known as Bancha. The glossy leaves of the bush are fairly uniform in size and on infusion yield a refreshing fragrance.

Kukicha – made from stem and stalks discarded in the production of Sencha, Gyokuro and Matcha teas. The tea has a clean taste and light fragrance. Very popular in Japa,

Bancha – these later pickings are more astringent and less fragrant than Sencha, ideal to sip after a heavy meal.

Gyokuro – rich green Gyokuro is a top grade tea with a mild sweet flavour. The leaves are shielded with reed screens 2/3 weeks before picking, resulting in dark green leaves when dried.

Hojicha – is produced by roasting Bancha or Sencha over a high heat, resulting in brownish leaves that have a savoury fragrance.

Genmaicha – is Bancha or medium grade Sencha blended with well-roasted brown rice. The rice adds a nutty taste, and its mild flavour makes it ideal as an after meal tea.

Matcha - is the powdered tea used in Japan's formal tea ceremony. Top-grade matcha is a bright shade of green. As a rule, the lighter green varieties are sweeter and the darker ones more astringent. When the new shoots on the tea bush have two or three leaves, they are shaded from sunlight with straw, reed, or cloth screens for two or three weeks.

Prices shown on this page are for 100g pouches from High Teas. For other formats and prices click "View" to find out more tea information.

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Sencha Gyokuru Asahi

Sencha Gyokuru Asahi

During the growth period of these well cared for tea bushes, they are covered with blankets to slow the growth and allow the plnts to pull up more nutrients from the soil which, in turn, enhances the depth of colour within the leaf. This tea has a needle like dark green leaf that produces a very bright and rich liquor with a distinct vegetal character....

 From £8.25
Sencha Fukujyu

Sencha Fukujyu

Japanese teas are not only delicious to drink a delight to behold! Fukuja tea is made by picking the leaf buds early in the season, steamed, rolled and fired into needle shaped leaves. Sweet and slightly scented, this is one of Japan’s favourite teas. Rich in vitamin C is and other natural compounds,...

 From £4.95
Bancha Hojicha

Bancha Hojicha

A green tea roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. The process gives the tea a caramel-like flavour and appearance....

 From £4.95
Japanese Sencha Makoto

Japanese Sencha Makoto

The liquor is deep olive green with a smooth feel in the mouth with slight attractive sweetness....

 From £4.25
Sencha Ko Kei Cha "Special"

Sencha Ko Kei Cha "Special"

Sometimes called Spaghetti tea. this by-product of the manufacture of Matcha is extruded like pasta. It is an exquisite green tea at a good price....

 From £3.95
Sencha Kakagawa

Sencha Kakagawa

A good value pan-fired Sencha green tea. This is our most popular Japanese green tea, light in colour but rich and full in taste....

 From £3.25
Genmaicha Yamasaki

Genmaicha Yamasaki

This is a pan-fired Sencha tea blended with toasted and popped rice. The cup is full-bodied and sweet   with an attractive baked character. Very popular in Japan....

 From £2.95