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Cha no Ikedaya: Guricha, Youthful Green, Wakamidori 200g

Cha no Ikedaya: Guricha, Youthful Green, Wakamidori 200g
US$17.00
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Guricha is a form of tamaryokucha, or green tea that has skipped the last rolling step in sencha processing, in which the leaves have been steamed instead of pan-fired to stop oxidization.

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THIS GURICHA

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 is a competition grade tea and was rated at 182/200 points at the most recent National Competition. Tea made for competitions are usually made with only a few kilograms and with extra care.

HISTORY

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).


PRODUCT INFO

  • Name: Guricha, Youthful Green, Wakamidori
  • Ingredients: green tea
  • Net weight: 200 grams
  • Harvest: Spring
  • Vendor: Cha no Ikedaya (茶の池田や)
  • Location: 1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, JAPAN

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