70g Japanese Sencha Tea

$9.00

TEA SUTRA – JAPANESE SENCHA
Japanese Sencha – Certified Organic Green Tea – 70g / 35 cups
Certified Organic Green Tea

This is undoubtedly the finest Japanese Sencha we have tasted to date.  A prime example of what makes first flush sencha so sought after:  a fine delicate vegetal aroma and taste, followed by a almond finish.  Do not use water over 75C or the flavor profile will be ruined.  Take your time with this one.

Description

JAPANESE SENCHA

Certified Organic Green Tea 

This is undoubtedly the finest Japanese Sencha we have tasted to date.  A prime example of what makes first flush sencha so sought after:  a fine delicate vegetal aroma and taste, followed by a almond finish.  Do not use water over 75C or the flavor profile will be ruined.  Take your time with this one.

Story

Japanese Tea:

In the 7th or 9th century, records indicate that Japan’s Emperor Kammu gave visiting monks an imperial gift of powdered green tea.  Emperor Kammu created a government post, Supervisor of Tea and Tea Gardens, as Japan began to cultivate its own tea.  That this post was part of the government’s medical bureau indicated that there was great respect for the health aspects of tea.  From 800 to 1200, Japan relied on China for its tea supply.  Because it arrived in minimal quantities, tea became a luxury for medicinal and spiritual purposes.  Zen Buddhist Eisai Myoan returned from China with tea seeds and planted them at his temple.

He soon realized that the quality was superior to any tea currently grown in Japan.  These seeds formed the basis of Japan’s tea industry in the centuries to come.  Further evidence of the correlation between good health and tea was found ina small book that Eisai wrote titles “Tea drinking is good for health”.  He wrote that tea drinking confers many benefits including curing lack of appetite, diseases caused by poor quality drinking water, and vitamin B deficiency.  Around this time, another tea enthusiast in Japan developed “The Ten Virtues of Tea”.  Amongst the virtues listed are:

  • Drives away the devil
  • Banishes drowsiness
  • Wards off disease
  • Strengthens friendship
  • Keeps the viscera in harmony
  • Disciplines body and mind
  • Destroys the passions
  • Gives a peaceful death

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg