Japanese Black Tea – Shizuoka is a black tea like no other! While primarily known for green teas, Japan does have history making black tea. Before World War II, Japan produced black tea for export but the market virtually disappeared from the late 1950s until recently.
Our Japanese black tea from Shizuoka is a blend of leaves from two or three types of Japanese tea bushes and is withered up to 52 hours to bring out the sweetness and the beautiful red color in the cup. The complexity of flavor in this tea will remind you of a fine dark oolong, but the completed oxidation categorizes this as a black tea.
A black tea with umani! There is a comforting tension between the sea and the sweetness of a dried apricot with a bit of citrus on the back end. As I am writing this, I enjoy my second cup from the same leaves. And I know by looking at the infused leaves, the color in the cup and the sweet aroma of the leaves- there are a few more cups to enjoy before being done with this one for the afternoon.
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