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Tea came to Japan, from China, in the 9th century, originally as part Buddhist practices. Today, Japanese green teas are some of the finest teas in the world. Japan produces almost exclusively green tea. And they produce teas that are totally unique and can't be duplicated anywhere else.

88th Night Shincha

88th Night Shincha

2 oz. $15.80

This special Japanese green tea is harvested 88 nights following the Japanese Lunar New Year. From Kagoshima Prefecture in southernmost Japan, the tea plants are regularly fertilized by volcanic ash from the nearby Mount Sakurajima. The dry tea leaf has an intensely fresh, grassy aroma. The steeped cup is light in body and brings to mind sweet seaweed and cooked vegetables. This highly anticipated spring green tea from Japan is one you won't want to miss.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Gyokuro

Gyokuro

2 oz. $22.89

Japan's finest tea. Also known as "Precious Dew." This tea produces an incredibly luminescent tea with a very intense, complex aroma and taste, with traces of sweetness, a slight bitterness, and the taste of the sea.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Houjicha

Houjicha

4 oz. $6.97

This is a Japanese Bancha green tea that has been toasted after it is produced. This toasting gives it a hearty flavor and a darker appearance in the leaf and the cup. This is the most full-bodied green tea available. Wonderful.

Iccha Kariban

Iccha Kariban

4 oz. $10.39

This is a new tea developed in Kagoshima. These dark steamed green leaves produce a cup that is soft, floral, and very fragrant. It is made entirely of first flush leaves, the cup is full without being heavy, sweetly floral, and has no astringency.

Kabusecha

Kabusecha

2 oz. $18.64

From Japan's southern island of Kagoshima, Kabusecha translates to "covered tea" and is shade-grown (like Gyokuro) for the final 15-20 days before plucking. It's grown from the Saemidori (or "clear green") cultivar, known for its intense aroma, bright green color, and light bitterness and astringency. A complex cup with a sweet, almost chard-like flavor and a lingering finish.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Saemidori #50

Saemidori #50

2 oz. $12.88

This is an extremely aromatic green tea: both the leaves and the liquor. This tea is grown on a 140 year old family tea farm in Shizouka. The cup is somewhat vegetal, with great mouth feel, and a bright, crisp, sweetness. This is a strong/flavorful green tea reminiscent of the sea. Made from the Saemidori cultivar.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Pictured left: Family tea farm in Shizouka

Sencha Homare

Sencha Homare

2 oz. $25.12

These deep emerald leaves produce a complex high-end tea that is thick, savory (umami), non-astringent, with a flavor reminiscent of sweet greens (kale or spinach), and a long wonderful lingering mouth feel, This tea comes from a family owned tea garden 140 years old, near Kakegawa City, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan. This tea is made from the Yabukita cultivar.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Pictured left: Family tea farm in Shizouka

Sencha, Uji

Sencha, Uji

4 oz. $14.67

From a small family-owned tea garden just outside of Kyoto, this exceptional Sencha brews up with a taste and aroma that is very fresh, clean, slightly grassy, and very sweet.

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