Japanese Cherry with Flowers
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 strong images of the Japanese springtime, with cherry blossoms floating in the wind. This refreshing beverage is smoother than many Chinese varieties of Green Tea, offering a slight sweetness with distinct notes of cherry, as well as being adorned with beautiful rose petals. Its unique pre-brewed appearance is best described, in terms of its Tea leaves, as long and spiky.
When brewed, it offers more still. In fact, according to modern scientific research, the consumption of Green Tea, regardless of whether it is flavoured or unflavoured, can boost the metabolism, improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes. Somehow, however, this is just the beginning.
Japanese Cherry with Flowers Tea belongs to a fascinating story, one that dates back over 1,000 years. The concept of flavouring Tea is far from a new invention, although this particular Tea is, admittedly, a recent creation. However, what it represents is where its significance lies.
The story of Tea in Japan, according to legend, began with two Buddhist monks, Saicho and Kukai, who brought young Tea trees from China to Japan many, many centuries ago. But its full potential was not realised until 1191 CE, when another Buddhist monk named Eisai popularised the idea of drinking Green Tea for good health. Years later, Eisai wrote his own book entitled “Kissa Yojoki - How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea”.
The two-volume book was published in 1211 CE and highlighted many of the health benefits of drinking Green Tea. In one extract it read:
“Tea is the ultimate mental and medicinal remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.
Such is the way with our Japanese Cherry with Flowers Tea. Such is the way with all Japanese Green Teas, and many other types of Tea, also. Despite being hundreds of years ago, many of Eisai’s theories have been proven by modern scientific research. But his journey with Tea did not stop there.
In 1214, Eisai was credited for introducing Tea to the Japanese Samurai. And soon after, not only the Samurai but also the Japanese Shogun were enjoying Green Tea. From there, it spread to the rest of Japan, and by the 17th and 18th Centuries, the Japanese were experimenting with the process of making Green Tea, inventing new ways to grow it, harvest it, and produce it.
In fact, some believe that a Japanese farmer named Nagatani Soen, who lived in the Uji region near Kyoto, was the first person to create Sencha Green Tea, although this is disputed by the Chinese, who believe it was their invention. No one knows for sure, and likely never will.
But in time, Japan’s love for Green Tea gave rise to creations such as our Japanese Cherry with Flowers Tea. Today, it is one of our most popular Japanese Green Teas, and for many good reasons, too.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Green Tea.
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: Consider adding lemon to this beverage. Alternatively, enjoy as it is.
Tasting Notes: Subtle yet sweet, Japanese Cherry with Flowers Tea has defined grassy notes with a fruity twist.
Colour in Cup: Pale Green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Green Teas: Early evidence suggests that the EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) content found in Green Tea can improve brain function as well as, potentially, reduce the risks of developing Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
In one new study conducted at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics found that extracts of Green Tea increase the brain’s effective connectivity, meaning the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another. The effect of this connectivity led also to the improvement of cognitive improvement as proven by the volunteers who, after consuming the extract, tested significantly better for memory tasks.
Until more is known, however, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company do not endorse the consumption of Japanese Cherry Green Tea, or any Tea, for the purpose of reducing the risks of either Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Instead, we support ongoing research.
TypeBlends, Green Tea
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon