Characterised by its many vegetal notes, this Ichibancha is both rich and intense, and stands out with its iodine, marine accents. Its particularly velvety texture gives it a good presence and a lingering quality. A real journey for the taste buds.
In Japan, the Ichibancha (“first harvest”) period is the most prized for green teas, and it holds additional symbolic value, like everything associated with the renewal of the seasons in this country.
Tamaryokucha is a Japanese green tea. The leaves are first steamed, then rolled in a heated drum. The leaves form small balls known as “tama” in Japanese, hence the name Tama ryokucha, which means “green tea”. This differentiates it from traditional senchas, which have folded leaves. This tea was developed in the 1930s to try to break into the North African market and compete with Gunpowder. Although this tea is found in other regions today, like Shizuoka, Tamaryokucha originates from the island of Kyushu in southern Japan.
François-Xavier Delmas' choice:
"With this Tamaryokucha Premium I’m between land and sea. It transports me to Brittany, with its vegetal notes and especially the iodine, marine notes that are powerful and varied: a walk along the shoreline at low tide."
- Origin: Japan
- Tea colour: green tea
- Appearance: small rolled leaves, shaped like commas
- Colour: dark green with a shiny appearance
- Scents: very aromatic, pronounced vegetal, pronounced fruit (berries, black fruits), marine (fich, crustaceans), with mint and white flower hints
Brewed leaves (infusion):
- Scents: vegetal, prononced fruit, zesty notes, marine notes (fish flesh, crustaceans), white flower aromas to finish, fresh butter
- Colour: pale green
- Texture: velvety right from the start, giving this tea a really good presence
- Flavours: sweet, acidic and slightly umami
- Aromas: very rich with many notes developing right from the start, pronounced marine (fish flesh, a hint of shellfish), pronounced vegetal (cooked fruit and spinach to start, quickly developing raw vegetable notes), pronounced fruit (fresh fruit, pear, red fruit as well as nectarine), a hint of zest, floral notes (white flowers), butter (fresh butter)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: the notes are rich and intense right from the start. They succeed one another without a break. The finish has a good presence with pronounced minty vegetal notes
Throughout the year, our experts travel in the tea plantations looking for the best pluckings and new, rare, delicious teas.
The fact that we travel so extensively, that we taste and buy on location has many advantages and allows us to find rare crops by looking outside the traditional supplier circuit, to taste and to share with you the harvests of small plantations, which are often hidden away.
Visiting tea estates regularly and thereby establishing long-lasting relations with our suppliers allows us to guarantee regular quality control of the teas we buy, and to continue our mission: to bring you the best quality teas and to share our travels and experience with you, while concerning ourselves with environmental issues, working conditions on the estates and the fair trade practices to which we adhere.