For this award winning Sencha only the best tea leaves have been selected. It has a very deep yet sophisticated and delicate taste.
Don't be mistaken by the brown color, Hoji-Bancha is a green tea: it has been steamed tight after the harvest to stop the oxidation of the tea. After steaming, Hoji-Bancha is roasted, giving the tea leaves the brown color. The roasting is a natural way to remove the caffeine from the tea. That's why in Japan people enjoy Hojicha mainly in the evening. Azumaya Hojicha has a soft taste, making it perfectly suited to drink with (Japanese) food. Bancha tea is from the last harvest, making it very rich of minerals
During the last weeks before harvest, the tea plants are covered with shadow nets. The shade forces the tea plants to produce more chlorophyll in order to make its photosynthesis. The extra chlorophyll gives the tea leaves a very sophisticated and deep taste. It is also very rich in anti-oxidants. If brewed correctly, a sip of Gyokuro brings an explosion of taste in the mouth!