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 Tamaryokucha (Ryokucha 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.
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.