Nama Toubancha: Non-Steamed Green Tea from Ocha no Sankoen, Shimane, Japan

Size: 10g / 0.35 oz (Yunomi resealable bag)
JPY ¥350

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We were quite surprised when we learned about this tea. While the definition of green tea is that does not undergo oxidization—oxidization being stopped by heating via steaming or pan-firing—this tea leaf is immediately sent to the rolling/drying process without this fixation step.

Flavor Profile

Using the below steeping parameters, we taste a light, translucent tea with mild astringency, and surprisingly sweet vegetal flavor. The bitterness that you might expect from a bancha is very light.

Steeping Recommendation

  • Tea: 5 grams. Time: 60 sec. Water: 90C/194F, 200 ml.
  • The manufacturer recommends steeping it cold, 10g, 1-2L, refrigerating for 5 hours.

Product Info

  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Harvest: Autumn
  • Steaming: none
  • Region: Shimane Prefecture

Producer Info

  • Producer: Ocha no Sankoen
  • CEO: Masaya Oshima
  • Established: 1984
  • Employees: 13
  • Family business, factory
  • Certifications: ISO22000 (2016/7/27)

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