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Takao Ikeda blended an award-winning guricha from the National Tea Competition in Shizuoka with delicate Asatsuyu cultivar leaves in a 9:1 ratio for an exquisite flavor.
The term "guri" means "bended" and guricha (ぐり茶) usually refers to tamaryokucha that has been steamed instead of pan-fired (kama-iri, like Chinese green teas).
This guricha from Ikedaya was grown in Miyazaki Prefecture, and crafted as a small production competition grade tea. It was rated at 182/200 points at the 69th Annual National Tea Competition in the Steamed Tamaryokucha (guricha) category. Tea made for competitions are usually made with only a few kilograms and with extra care.
Total rating: 182/200 points
Tea color: 26/30
Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶 literally "ball green tea") is a type of sencha that skips the very last part of the rolling process that extends the leaves into needles. As a result the leaves as they dry will curl slightly. Traditionally, it was this process that was used when export sencha to Russia during the 1930s. At first, this was done in order to imitate Chinese gunpowder green teas, and was a huge hit in Russia, then Morocco where it was drunk with mint (as is done today primarily with Chinese teas).
Name: Award-winning Guricha, Ikedaya Original Blend