While most Japanese green teas are steamed, this tea is actually turned in a hot pan, similar to a Chinese green tea. As a result, the flavor picks up a little bit of this roasted caramel or nuttiness. The tea is quite dense and creamy, making it a perfect tea for the wintertime. You get this slightly roasted flavor, but nowhere near as intense as a hojicha. If you normally prefer Chinese teas but want to venture into the exciting world of Japanese green tea, this is the best choice for you. If you are looking for something slightly different from the grassy sencha teas, this is also a good way to add a little variety to your tea collection.
This tea begins with a pleasant warm cereal note that suddenly transforms into a fresh citrusy flavor. The tea has a complex character to it, with lots of minerality. It finishes off with a mouthwatering astringency that lingers on the palate. Because there are some stems included in the tea, the tamaryokucha also takes on a balance of these hay or summer grass flavors. The second steeping begins to lean more into the citrusy direction with even more minerality. The warm cereal notes begin to subside and the tea becomes milder overall.
What You'll Get
🍃 JAS Organic Green Tea
🍃 Calming, Relaxing Theanine
🍃 Lower Caffeine Content
🍃 Long Lasting Energy Throughout the Day
🍃 Naturally Gluten Free and Vegan
🍃 Complex Flavor Profiles
What it Tastes Like
🍵 Light Hazelnut Notes
🍵 Hint of Caramel
🍵 Complexity of Flavors
🍵 Smooth Finish
How Much Tea Does it Make?
This bundle contains 180 grams of tea, enough to make 36 pots or 108 cups
Meet the Farmer
Kamairicha Issin: Up in the mountains of Takachiho, Mr. Issin is hard at work crafting his famous Kamairicha, a rare pan-fired green tea with a beautifully nutty note. Last April, we got a chance to sit down and have lunch with his family in their 200-year-old house. He drove us around the village to see breathtaking mountain tea fields in the countryside. We learned all about Kamairicha production, from the special organic fertilizer he grows, all the way to the pan-firing method that gives this tea its trademark flavor.
Tamaryokucha Bessaku: Mr. Fujisako is the first organic farmer in his region of Kumamoto. At one point, he decided to risk everything and convert his farm into an organic operation. It cost him $2 million at the time to change all of his 8 acres of tea fields over to organic planting. Times were tough for him and his family. Less harvest, higher cost and little interest in organic tea at the time. At one point, he had to sell half of his farm just to be able to feed his family.
Finally, it all worked out and although times were rough then, now he can look back and smile about the journey. Such a courageous man. We admire him for the risks he has taken and love him and his amazing Tamaryokucha tea
About the Farm
Kamairicha Issin: This tea was grown in the mountains of Takachiho in Miyazaki prefecture. Although Kamairicha is a relatively rare tea, this region has become famous for it. The farm of Mr. Issin includes 4 small fields spread around the village, all of which are higher elevation. It was a great privilege to tour all of these fields and take in the picturesque views of this beautiful region.
Tamaryokucha Bessaku: This tea comes to us from Kumamoto in Kyushu. When we first visited this farm a few years ago, we got a glimpse of how important pesticide free farming is. The farm this tea comes from is positioned next to a non-organic field and you can really see the difference. The organic field is home to many different types of plant species and you can even hear more birds and insects on the field. This field was a stark contrast to the non-organic field just a few meters away, with nothing but hard-packed black earth beneath it and no other plants.
How to Brew it
Add 5 grams of leaves to the teapot or strainer and then pour in 150ml to 200ml of water (160 degrees Fahrenheit) and let the tea brew for 1 minute. You can brew the leaves 2-3 more times with the same temperature for 20 seconds each
Very Popular as a Gift
Our fans like to give away our teas on birthdays, weddings and other special days! Our samplers are highly recommended as gifts!
Always Pesticide Free
We make sure to only source teas from reputable farmers that grow tea without the use of conventional pesticides or chemicals. We meet with the farmers in person and tour the fields and facilities. We look at the sustainability of the field, the attention to detail and quality control of the facility and of course the taste of the tea.