【Bancha】Organic Mountain-grown Roasted Bancha

(4 customer reviews)


Bancha employs that more fully-grown tea-leaf which is too mature, and has therefore become too bitter, for use in producing high-quality sencha, and is harvested later; such leaf is first processed just as for sencha – by means of a combination of steaming, rolling and drying – but is then stored until it is required, whereupon it is roasted immediately before packaging and shipping.  


This treatment not only alters and improves flavor; it also breaks down caffeine content; and, as a result, bancha may justly be recommended as not only a satisfyingly-uncloying daytime thirst-quencher, but also a soothing nightcap.

The Culture of the Tea Mountains

Over the past few years, the abandonment of taxing-to-cultivate tea-plantations long situated on the slanted slopes of Nara’s tea-mountains has increased. The Tea Mountains are a quintessential embodiment of childhood in that particular part of the Nara countryside and an essential characteristic of the traditional landscape of the farm villages. Due not only to the contribution of the Tea Mountains to agricultural society, but also to their public appeal and their versatility, their cultural value is perceived as being great.  More so recently, many farmers suffer from harm inflicted by wild boars, deer and other wild animals. It is believed that the abandonment of cultivation is one of the main reasons for this to happen. The producer states that with what is within his power, he will aim to protect and maintain the Culture of the Tea Mountains in Nara.



Origin: Tsukigase, Nara, Japan (single estate).
Farmer: Fumiaki Iwata.
Cultivar: Various blend.
Harvest: Spring 2016.
Type: Organic green tea, roasted bancha hojicha / loose leaf.
Additional impressions: Toasty flavour; Nutty feel; Anise spicy; Distant earthy cedar wood aroma.

Brewing Method
Measurements for 5 persons.

・Amount of tea :10~15g
・Water temperature:boiling hot
・Water amount:650㏄
・Steep duration:1~2 min


Weight115 g




4 reviews for 【Bancha】Organic Mountain-grown Roasted Bancha

  1. Tine (verified owner)

    Bancha is one of my favorite tea’s, because it is so nice and soft, but still very tastefull. You can even drink it in the evening.. the perfect tea for me!

  2. Robert (mcrdotcom)

    This was my first roasted bancha experience! As a fan of high fired oolong teas, I felt like this was always going to end well for me. Upon opening the bag I thought perhaps the tea was badly roasted, as the smell was intensely of the roast, but boy was I wrong. Upon brewing using the recommended parameters, I was greeted by a smooth, sweet, savoury tea with typical hints caramel and vanilla one would expect from a decent roasted tea. Perfect for drinking in the evenings, I have started having it while I read at night before bed, as it is perfect for a large mug!

  3. Eugenia

    This is the best roasted green tea I have ever had. It is incredibly sweet in smell and taste. It has the capacity for many resteeps as well. Definitely a unique experience and worth buying a full portion.

  4. Amanda Freeman

    Tasting this tea is a real treat, gentle sweet toasted bread blend with black walnuts and cedar wood with a thick and supple mouthfeel. The sweetness is subtle, being similar to very light molasses, this compliments the woody and ever so gentle smokiness that is more the ghost of a fire than actual smokiness. I have always found it hard to accurately describe the transient moment between roasted taste and smoke, it is immensely subtle and not adequately described by either note alone. It is one of those notes that my brain does not register as a taste but more an experience as it draws on many happy memories of autumnal romps and late summer nights. Speaking of summer, this tea is amazing cold steeped, bringing the natural sweetness to the forefront and just being so refreshing and roasted. When I was younger I would frequent the local international market and stock up on imported bottled of Japanese iced tea, my favorite was always the roasted, and having it made from a very quality and rich tea makes it infinitely better.

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