Top 6 Delicious Japanese Tea

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Green tea © A Girl With Tea/Flickr

As everyone knows, tea and the traditions and ceremonies related to its consuming are vital parts of Japanese culture. In Japanese, tea is called chanoyu, chado or sado and the art of serving tea is named otemae. Chaji, the formal gathering where the tea is consumed, can last up to 4 hours, so if you decide to participate on a tea ceremony, be prepared and very patient!

The list plants used in tea preparation is very long and diverse. Though green tea, served during most of these tea ceremonies, is the most popular and the most delicious Japanese tea, there are hundreds of tea types, 24 of them are considered as typically Japanese tea. This article presents and describes some of the many delicious Japanese tea types. 

Aracha

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A tea-lover’s collection © Alexandre Dulaunoy/Flickr

Aracha is produced typically in Japan and it is a type of green tea. If you want to prepare an aracha tea, you can use the whole leaf, including even the leaf blade. These parts of the leaf give a strong green color to the drink. Aracha is also called crude or unrefined tea.

 

Kabusecha

Kabusecha is a very good and delicious Japanese tea. The name of it means ‘covered tea’: after harvesting the tea leaf, they are covered and left on sunlight. Its mellow taste may be surprising at the beginning, but after the second tiff you will feel the excellent flavor of Kabusecha.

 

Genmaicha

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Tea fields can be found almost everywhere in Japan © jonisanowl/Flickr

If we translate its name in English, we already discover the secret of this tea: Genmaicha means brown rice tea and it is a combination of roasted brown rice and green tea. It is also mocked as ‘popcorn tea’, because rice sometimes pops while it is roasted. This beverage has a very interesting shade of yellow and an extraordinary flavor: mixture of green tea and rice.

 

Sayama

Sayama is a typically North-Japanese tea: it is produced in Saitama prefecture, where the weather is cooler than anywhere else in the country. Due to this, the tea leaves are very thick and this is the special thing about Sayama. The thick leafs give a rich and sweet flavor to the tea.

 

Gyokuro

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Green tea – a very healthy and delicious beverage © A Girl With Tea/Flickr

Gyokuro is another variation of green tea, precisely it is shaded green tea, because it is grown not on sunlight, but on shade. Its name means jade dew or jewel dew and it refers to the light and pale green color of the tea.

 

Green Tea

Green tea is considered as the healthiest and most valued beverage, especially in Asia. In Japan, green tea is called Ryokucha or simply ocha. Several varieties of green tea are well-known in the Land of the Rising sun, including the ones mentioned before.

You don’t have to visit a tea house in order to consume green tea, you can prepare it at home as well. Anyways, try it at least once, it won’t harm you and you may end up as a huge fan of green tea and a tea lover!

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Necessary objects of a tea ceremony © calydelphoto/Flickr

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