Origin: Ureshino, Saga Prefecture, Japan
Flavor: asparagus, butter, spinach
Guricha is difficult to find but worth the hunt - we are so excited to share this tea. The leaves are dark green with bright green highlights and brew an intense, emerald green cup. The flavor is thick and buttery with fresh notes of asparagus and spinach. In some ways it is similar to gyokuro but a bit more savory.
The flavor difference between this particular guricha and other Japanese green teas (like sencha or bancha) comes from both the grower and the processor. When growing tea destined for guricha, the farmer adds extra to increase nutrient absorption then plucks the leaves earlier than usual so they are smaller and therefore have a more concentrated flavor. Because the leaves are smaller at harvest time, the yield is 12-40% lower than for other types of green tea from this same cultivar.
The processing is similar to other sencha, with both steaming and kneading steps, but omits the last rolling stage resulting in a mellower, more buttery flavor and curly leaf shape, hence the name "guricha" (literally "curly tea").
NOTE: clearance items do not qualify for bulk discounts.
We offer discounts for bulk loose-leaf teas: 10% off at 10 pounds and 20% at chest quantities. A chest of Guricha contains pounds of loose leaf tea. We are happy to packaged your tea in smaller bags upon request, but it will not receive a bulk discount.