Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Japanese Cherry Green Tea is, contrary to the name, a beverage of China. So, why "Japanese"? This name refers to the production of the Tea, which strictly adheres to Japanese methods. During its processing, factory workers steam the leaves instead of pan-firing them. Not only does this prevent oxidation, but also creates a distinctly "Japanese" flavour described as fresh and vegetal.
Combine these fresh and vegetal flavours with delicate notes of Cherry, and you have Japanese Cherry Green Tea. Indeed, there is nothing quite like it. We pack this Tea, like all of our Loose Teas, fresh to order. This is our way of guaranteeing both quality and consistency. But there's more. Green Teas like this one can also promote healthy living!
According to the latest scientific research, Green Tea contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants. These components combined can combat free radicals in the body. This can ultimately lower "bad" LDL cholesterol, enhance cognitive function and reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes. It can support the immune system, aid digestion and even promote weight loss. What more could you want from your morning cuppa'?
Japanese or Chinese Green Tea?
This infusion is, in fact, a Chinese Tea. What makes it truly special, however, is that the inspiration behind it originates from Japan. But as a rule of thumb, what's the difference between Japanese and Chinese Green Tea? We've already talked about the steaming of the leaf, but that's not all. In reality, there are multiple differences from plant to cup between both Teas.
First, the geography of China and Japan influence production significantly. At the most fundamental level, China is vastly larger in size compared to Japan. Essentially, this means that China has more space to grow and produce Tea. To make up for its lack of space, Japan uses technology. Japanese Tea fields are kept in tight rows, while China's space allows for a wilder, freer approach to growing.
Additionally, Japan deploys specialised machinery during the picking season. China, in comparison, employs workers to hand-pick the leaves. The most discernible difference, however, is the shade-growing of Japanese Tea plants, which sees the leaves consistently kept in the shade for up to two weeks. This seldom occurs in China - except with our Japanese Cherry Green Tea.
Type of Tea: Green Tea.
Origin: China (produced to Japanese specifications).
Brewing Instructions: Brew with fresh water at temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees. Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes, being sure not to burn or over-brew the leaves.
How to Serve: Some add lemon, some add honey. Most, however, enjoy it without any accompaniments. The choice is, of course, yours.
Tasting Notes: This is a fulfilling beverage from start to finish. It offers distinct cherry aromas and flavours coupled with delicate-yet-sweet vegetal undertones.
Colour in Cup: Green liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Japanese Cherry Green Tea
The antioxidants in this brew, particularly Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), can afford protection against a variety of skin disorders. This is according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Dermatology in 2000.
Additionally, its tannins can shrink pores while reducing sebum (natural skin oil) production. This is why many health-conscious individuals drink Green Tea for treating acne.