― Catherine Douzel
Where do you travel when you think of black tea?
To a cup of afternoon tea in Britain?
A cup of chai in India?
The broad and wide Chinese tea farms?
But what about Japan?
Japanese black tea - "wa-kocha"
Did you know that (in fewer quantities however) Japan also produces black tea?
Some of them are produced with cultivars that are more often used for the production of green tea only, and result in a surprisingly fresh and smooth aroma; others are made with breeds created in Japan with the specific purpose to produce black tea. Those breeds usually originate from Chinese, Indian and Japanese species and were carefully selected at Japanese research centers where each tree is tested and evaluated for it's sturdiness, leaf size, resistances, and much more; all to create the most delicious black tea.
Whichever the variation, black tea produced in Japan is generally referred to as "wa-kocha" and literally means "Japanese Black Tea".
At The Tea Crane, we have worked together with our producers, high up in the mountains of Nara, to select an assortment of 3 of the most delicious organically produced Japanese black teas and added them to the Mountain Tea™ collection.
The three musketeers of Japanese Black Tea
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