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Pine Needle Wakoucha

Pine Needle Wakoucha

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Pine Needle // Wakoucha
Black Tea
From Wazuka, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan.

40g Tin


Low Waste Refill (compostable bag) with discount code: REFILL

A real speciality, long and slender finely rolled needles, delicate to the touch, tones of blackened deep greens tipped with golden flecks giving light fresh watermelon aromas. The damp leaves open giving warming, rounded aromas of sweet hay and light roast.
A rich amber tone to tea soup showing great clarity and quality liquor. An easy drinking medium body, well balanced profile. Tasting ripe fruits and savoury notes, pleasant astringency with a dry sharp mouthfeel with a flavour of molasses providing a gentle sweetness and lasting taste of watermelon.
Recommended to all the Darjeeling drinkers out there, this rare tea has shared similarities for sure.

Grown by unshaded cultivation using the Yabukita cultivar and harvested in July. Then undergone steaming, rolling similar to Sencha and dried. Processed by Tea Master Kita & family.

‘Kou Cha’ translates as Red Tea after the tea soup colour, what is called Black Tea in the West. Red tea production was introduced to Japan only 150 years ago during the Meiji period. Only around 300 tea farmers are producing Kou Cha in Japan making it a true rarity.

Wazuka is a tea town in the southeastern area of Kyoto Prefecture. Wazuka has been a tea growing location since the Kamakura period as a main producer following Uji tea processing methods. It thought that the Kaijūsen-ji temple introduced tea to the area and Zen Buddhist monk, Shonin Jishin was the first to cultivate tea on Mt Jubu and then in Wazuka.

Brew Guide Per Cup:

Tea 1 teaspoon (3-4g) 

Water 90*c // 300ml 

Time 1 ~ 2 minutes

Re-infuse leaves to your personal taste

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