From the mountains of Ureshino, Saga, in the heart of Kyushu, a National Tea Competition Award-winning 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).
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
Ingredients: green tea
Region: Ureshino, Saga
Vendor: Cha no Ikedaya (茶の池田や)
Location: 1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, JAPAN
Visiting Shinjuku, Tokyo? Stop by Ikedaya!
After exiting the central west ticket gates, head left to the Odakyu lines, it is on the way. Click on map to enlarge.