Japanese Cherry Green Tea
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 its name, a product of China. However, it is distinctly “Japanese” in how it is made, with its production adhering to Japanese methods. Nevertheless, and regardless of where it comes from, our Japanese Cherry Green Tea is a wonderful infusion, boasting a smooth flavour with unmistakable notes of cherry.
Better still, there are health benefits to be had from frequently consuming this Tea, and any Green Tea! According to the latest scientific research, Green Tea can help lower cholesterol, enhance cognitive function and reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes. And somehow, it can offer more still.
There is great potential to be had from enjoying Japanese Cherry Green Tea, but perhaps more importantly, this brew tastes, quite simply, fantastic. Because, after all, the greatest health benefit of all, when it comes to Tea, is its ability to satisfy your taste buds. Japanese Cherry Green Tea does just that but also so much more.
We already know that Japanese Cherry Green Tea is a made using Chinese-grown, Japanese-inspired Sencha Green Tea leaves. But has it always been this way? China and Japan cannot agree on which country first “invented” Sencha Green Tea. Some historians suggest it was Japan, others suggest China.
Perhaps we will never know for certain, although there are a number of interesting tales from both countries. None are quite as interesting as the story of Nagatani Soen, however - an 18th Century Tea farmer who was from Uji, near Kyoto. According to this legend, Nagatani Soen was known to experiment with different Tea production techniques, eventually resulting in a Tea very similar to modern-day Sencha.
Nagatani then travelled to Edo (present-day Tokyo) to sell his new creation. Unfortunately, his long and difficult journey was in vain as no one appeared to be interested in his Tea. But in a last-ditch attempt, Nagatani visited a local Tea shop, where the owner expressed interest in the beverage.
He asked that Nagatani return the following year with more of this incredible Tea, dubbing it “tenka ichi” (‘天下一’), which translates to mean “first under the heavens”. It eventually went on to become a very popular choice in the Tea shop, and as a token of gratitude, the company sent a large sum of money to Nagatani every year until his passing in 1778, and then to his family until 1874.
But, naturally so, China does not believe in this tale. As for us, meanwhile, all we know is that our Japanese Cherry Green Tea, a flavoured Sencha, is delicious. And furthermore, perhaps it no longer matters where this Tea comes from (within reason, of course!), or where it has come from in the past.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Green Tea.
Origin: China (but to Japanese specifications).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: Lemon makes a nice optional extra with this Tea, although we believe it is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Japanese Cherry Green Tea is a fulfilling beverage from start to finish, offering distinct cherry aromas and flavours coupled with delicate-yet-sweet grassy undertones.
Colour in Cup: Vibrant green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Dermatology in 2000, the antioxidants in Green Tea can afford protection against a variety of skin disorders. In particular, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), the same antioxidant that can afford protection against cardiovascular health, can keep your skin in its prime.
Furthermore, the same tannins found in Green Tea that make this beverage taste pleasantly astringent can also keep your skin pleasantly beautiful by shrinking pores as well as by reducing sebum (natural skin oil) production. And that is why many choose Green Tea for treating acne.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon