If you can’t make it into our store to taste a flight of green teas, this is the next best thing. We’ll dive a bit deeper into each of the varietals of green tea we carry so you can get a better idea of which ones you’d like to try. We’ll start in China, and make our way to Japan.
The Green Teas:
- Clouds & Mist – This is the lightest in flavor of the green teas we carry. I find it to be buttery smooth. Depending on the water it’s brewed in, it can have seaweed notes to its flavor. Across the board, though, its flavor is bright and fresh with just a hint of toastiness. It is grown exclusively on the island of Zhoushan, which is off the eastern coast of China.
- Dragonwell – For a more in-depth history of China’s most popular green tea, check out this article. In short, Dragonwell has a delicious aroma, is mellowly grassy in flavor, and has a slightly sweet aftertaste. Once you taste it, you’ll understand why it’s so loved.
- Gunpowder – This has been a long-time favorite green tea the world over. If you enjoy antique stores, it’s pretty common to find old Gunpowder tea tins. With its tightly rolled leaves, you get to enjoy multiple infusions of the same scoop of tea; it’s full bodied with a little umami. Again, for a more in-depth exploration of this tea you can check out this article.
- Iccha Kariban – Moving on to Japan now, this is a newer style of green tea. It’s grown in Kagoshima and is made entirely of leaves from the first flush, or picking of the season. Its bright green leaves are reminiscent of a shade grown tea. It is sweetly floral, and without astringency. Full in your mouth, but not heavy.
- Matcha – To make matcha, tea bushes are covered with a shade cloth for about three weeks before the leaves are plucked. After being dried, the tea leaves are then stone ground into a powder, which you dissolve into hot water. For more of the nitty-gritty on matcha, we have an article here. It has a definite green tea flavor, and is like drinking 10 cups of tea in 1, so be careful if you’re caffeine sensitive.
While green teas are grown in other countries, I think the ones from China and Japan are the best tasting. Which one will you try first?