Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Japanese Cherry with Flowers Tea is a wholesome, balanced and spiritual experience. It evokes vivid images of springtime in Japan with every sip. Imagine the cherry blossoms dancing in the wind while you enjoy this nourishing infusion. Nothing brings a sense of peace quite like this Tea.
For this beverage, we use the finest quality Japanese Green Tea adorned with beautiful rose petals. It's notably smoother than its Chinese counterparts owing to its unique processing. When brewed, it creates a slight sweetness with, as its name suggests, distinct notes of cherry.
About Japanese Tea
According to some records, two Buddhist monks introduced Tea to Japan during the 8th Century CE. Soon after, in 729 CE, Emperor Shomu (聖 武) served Japanese Green Tea at a special Buddhist ceremony. But its initial popularity was short-lived. For 400 years, Japanese Tea was all but forgotten. To this day, historians can't agree why this occurred, though there are a few theories.
The second time Tea arrived in Japan had an everlasting impact. Again, its introduction was through Buddhism, this time through a Buddhist monk named Eisai (栄西; 1141-1215 CE). In 1211 CE, Eisai published a book entitled "Kissa Yojoki - How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea". This was likely the first Japanese reference to Green Tea benefits. In one extract, it read:
"Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy... [it] has the ability to make one's life more full and complete".
In 1214 CE, Eisai introduced Tea to the Japanese Samurai. Soon after, not only the Samurai but also the Japanese Shogun began enjoying Green Tea. Throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, it continued to increase in popularity. Today, 78% of Japan drinks Green Tea.
Type of Tea: Green Tea.
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: This beverage tastes best served without any accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: This Tea has a sweet yet subtle profile, a combination of grassy, floral and fruity notes.
Colour in Cup: Green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Japanese Cherry with Flowers
A Green Tea antioxidant called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can improve brain function, according to a study conducted at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The leading researcher, Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics, has the answers. He found that consuming extracts of Green Tea increases the brain's effective connectivity, which refers to the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another. This research suggests that Green Tea could potentially reduce the risk of developing Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.