Tea Reviews

Take Us to a Jasmine Garden: The Gentle, Refreshing Profile of Our Organic Guricha

Guricha (ぐり茶, “curly tea”), as we have talked about in a previous post, is a type of Japanese green tea. Guricha is also known as tamaryokucha (玉緑茶, “coiled tea”), and is very similar to sencha. Guricha, however, does not undergo a final kneading process that sencha would usually go through to get its needle shape. This is the main difference between the two. Of course there can be differences in cultivars, terroir, producers, etc., but so far as tea types are concerned, this final kneading of one and lack of a final kneading with the other is the main difference.

For the Organic Guricha specifically, we are working with farmers who have been growing guricha organic since before organic growing was even popular. As you can see in the video below, people criticized the grower and his father for using organic methods as people seriously though that you could not produce great tea without pesticides. This, of course, is total nonsense. In fact, the opposed is probably true: If your tea is a poor quality, doesn’t smell normal (relative to the general profile of that tea type) and/or doesn’t feel good in your body, there is a high likelihood that is was grown with pesticides. Being able to buy a huge quantity of tea for an inordinately small price can also be an indication.

Here is a video showing the people that grew and processed this tea.

You really get a sense that organic methods were used to produce this tea when you taste it. The quintessential word I would use to describe this tea “clean.” There is a bright florality with the aroma of this tea that might remind one of jasmine or lilies. The flavor is lightly bitter and astringent which dissolves into a very mild sweetness. The cup color is also quite transparent compared to sencha and fukamushi-sencha, which is symbolic of the clean nature of this tea. It smells clean, looks clean, and feels clean in ones body. It is also excellent when brewed with cooler water as well and can be steeped grandpa style in a thermos. For Japanese greens in general it isn’t really recommended to brew grandpa style with hot water but using cooler water can work though this is totally up to one’s own preferences. Some people enjoy a strong cup of tea. In this case, you brew your sencha and guricha with hot water in the thermos. Otherwise, those looking for a softer cup would be recommended to use cooler water when brewing your tea in such a way.

Following this theme of cleanliness, this tea also feels as though it cleans one’s mind. It is uplifting and has a refreshing nature, like gently washing your face with cold water on a hot day. As we progress through the year, our new crop of teas will be arriving and we are looking forward to the new crop of guricha. Follow our instagram and tiktok for more content like this. Also, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address in the desginated area at the bottom of any page on our website.