If you're a fan of Japanese green teas and haven't tried Tamaryokucha yet, you're missing out. This tea has some of the most robust flavors out there. Grown in Ureshino, it is produced in a way that is a cross between Gyokuro and Sencha. The tea plants are shade grown similar to Tencha (for making Matcha) or Gyokuro. This step increases the chlorophyll and decrease the bitterness. Then the leaves are plucked, but much younger than even a Sencha. The result is an incredible tea with vivid green liquor and an flavor that excites the senses. The aroma is like seaweed and fresh cut grass and the flavor saturates your whole mouth with umami.
To get the most out of this tea steep it lower than usual (around 140°-150°) for 1 minute. When resteeping, pour after 10 seconds. This tea is great for over 4 steeps and the leaves can be eaten afterwards with the addition of a little salt, dashi or soy sauce.
Origin: Ureshino, Japan
Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than tea picnics! This woven bamboo basket has moveable padded sections to keep all your tea wares safe. This is a staple that works both as a way to keep your tea items organized at home and is easy to pick up and take on a trip.
You can either purchase just the basket, or get it outfitted with a whole tea set. Both the porcelain pot and gaiwan hold about 8oz. of water. There is a glass pitcher included as well as a set of bamboo utensils.
Forget that Lapsang you had at the coffee shop years ago, the one that assaulted your senses with smoke and clung to your mouth for hours after. This is not that tea. Grown in the Wuyi mountains, this Bohea cultivar is expertly crafted. The dry twisted leaves present an alluring aroma of pine smoke without taking over. Steeped, the leaves exude a gorgeous amber liquor and offer aromatic hints of toffee and tobacco. The soft veil of smoke clears with each steep, yielding to deeper notes of sherry and raw cacao within the leaves. Juicy and robust while sipping, the tea finishes slightly dry with just a hint of embers remaining.
Origin: Fujian, China
Handmade and fired in the Tokoname kilns, this teapot is the perfect mix of form and function. The round handle is easy to hold and the perforated clay strainer is fine enough to strain out even the smallest fukamushi leaves. Etched into the black glaze are simple sakura blossoms which have kept the deep orange tone of the clay. The outer sides have a pleasing texture and the inside is perfectly smooth. The pot holds roughly 250ml of tea and has a perfect fitting lid, preventing spills. Tokoname was one of the six ancient kilns of Japan and the local clay is known for it's reddish color.
Please be mindful of caring for this tea pot. Rinse it well after use and never put it in the dishwasher.
Each time I use this teaware it elevates my tea experience to a higher level of beauty and mindfulness. Having such thoughtfully crafted pieces forces me to focus a bit more and in paying more attention brings a deeper more conscious intention to my tea ritual.
Each piece is one-of-a-kind and meticulously painted with beautiful waves. The firing brings out some of the minerals in the clay, creating a small freckles in the glaze. The gaiwan holds 150ml and feels so natural being handled and poured. The gaiwan is showcased beautifully on the matching plate which centers the eye and offers a practical and visually pleasing way to prepare and present the tea. Each cup holds 50ml so the set comes with a glass pitcher.