Single Origin Smoked Black Hokumei Tea

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Ingredients:Smoked black tea (100% single origin "Hokumei”)
Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free
Size:7 x 5g loose leaf packets

Though all teas come from the plant species Camellia Sinensis, each variety has its own unique characteristics based on the region it comes from, how it’s grown and harvested, how it’s oxidized and processed, etc.

Developed in Saitama, Hokumei (lit. “north tea”) is a special tea cultivar grown in the northern regions of Japan. It is similar to the Yabukita cultivar and is mainly used to make sencha (the most commonly enjoyed green tea in Japan) but has recently been used to make oolong (a semi-oxidized tea placing it in between unoxidized green tea and fully oxidized black tea). Here, the leaves are smoked over whiskey barrel chips to create a black tea that has a smoky aroma and a mild charcoal flavor with hints of cocoa and nuts. It has a mild sweet umami and medium astringency. Andwhile most teas are typically blended to produce a consistent, large quantity of tea, this Single Origin Smoked Black Hokumei Tea is cultivated entirely in one specific plantation.

Hiraokaen, a tea farmer in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, has been preserving its ancestral fields and sustainable farming methods for over 300 years. 

How to prepare:Put the contents of the package (5g loose leaf) into a pot. Pour in 300ml of boiling water and let steep for 3-4 mins, stirring just once before serving. Make sure to pour the very last drop (known as the golden drop).

Suggested uses: Pairs great with the artisanal snacks and sweets found in ourJapanese Snacks & Sweets: "Raku" Care Package.


DISCLAIMER: We provide ingredients and common allergens based on the packaging as a reference only. Please consume with caution based on your own individual health concerns as we cannot guarantee the presence or lack of certain ingredients, allergens and/or animal products.

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