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WHAT our customers say ABOUT IKKYU TEAS

AIKO

Premium Sencha

2 reviews for AIKO

  1. Henriette (verified owner)

    Review from Paris: Great unami and nice color.Before brewing my morning cup,I love to take a moment to smell this tea as a promise to a delightfull taste.

  2. Francois Lurton (verified owner)

    As winemaker I think production is different every year. It is what we call vintage.
    I must say this « vintage » of AIKO is not as fruity as the one before but with other aromas such as toasted bread crumbs mixed with a deep, slightly iodized marine sensation. And the extraordinary long aftertaste is still there. Very nice tea. Always my favorite!

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AYUMI

High-Grade Sencha

3 reviews for AYUMI

  1. Ann (verified owner)

    This tea with a very rich aroma and taste. I love to drink it in the morning. Thank you for the quick delivery and quality of the tea all at the highest level !

  2. Ann (verified owner)

    Never disappointing.
    Great value, excellent shipping speed.
    A very clean green tea flavour.
    Definitely a buy!

  3. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    My all-time favorite! Rich aroma, full-bodied taste, beautiful, dark green color. Wonderful!

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GYOKURO BOX

Premium Gyokuro

1 review for Gyokuro Box Limited Edition

  1. GabyV (verified owner)

    My friend loved it. She said that the tea was sweet with a beatiful colour. She also said that the taste was out of this word.

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SENCHA & GYOKURO BOX

Premium Sencha & Gyokuro

Front view of two shiny golden tube-shaped green tea boxes placed inside a wooden box with Japanese hand-written calligraphy on their labels marking their contents (Yame gyokuro and Yame sencha).

1 review for HOSHINO SENCHA & GYOKURO BOX

  1. Zack Gerard (verified owner)

    Bought this for myself, though it would make a very nice gift. The gyokuro is beautiful, sweet and with a lot of umami. The Sencha is also very nice though less sweet as you would expect.
    I would definitely recommend this set if you are looking for premium Japanese green tea. Very nice and enough tea quantity wise to easily justify the price!

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HAKUSEI

Premium White Tea

A bag of 50g of HAKUSEI, a premium Japanese white tea from Yame area, Fukuoka, Japan, sold by IKKYU and wrapped in traditional Japanese white-gold washi paper.

1 review for HAKUSEI

  1. Lars Bredo Rahbek (verified owner)

    Super delicious tea. Flavourful and fresh.

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HIKARU

Premium Gyokuro

3 reviews for HIKARU

  1. antonio vazquez (verified owner)

    Amazing!

  2. antonio vazquez (verified owner)

    Amazing. brewed 8g at 40 Celsius 2 minutes. Log lasting mouth delicious sensation8

  3. Eden Solomonov (verified owner)

    WOW! beautiful color. the leaves have a deep green color but the tea itselt is very vibrant. Plus, the taste is very delicious! I’m so glad I have it. tases veggie and comforting. Too sad your prices have risen!

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HIROKI

Premium Sencha

1 review for HIROKI

  1. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    This tea is just superb! The first thought that comes to mind, as how to describe the taste, is creme brulee, enough sweet with a good aftertaste. After 3 brews with no bitterness I feel joyful, wanting to laugh and somehow featherlight. Would be a nice club tea i guess 🙂

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IKKI

High-Grade Shiraore

10 reviews for IKKI

  1. Daniel Wichmann (verified owner)

    Sweet, smooth and refreshing taste besides a low caffeine content; perfect for late brews. In addition, a decent price for a good amount of tea!

  2. Robert Kim (verified owner)

    This is my favorite loose tea from Ikkyu. I enjoy smelling the tea before brewing. It has the sweetest smell from any tea I know. I can probably smell in for hours 🙂 Once brewed, it still retains its sweetness. There are other wonderful flavors I taste but hard to describe. It is even better drinking at room temperature.

  3. Nichmenichyou (verified owner)

    Great for any time of the day!
    Refreshing and Low caffeine.

  4. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    This is a good candidate for a daily drinker, especially in the afternoon since the caffeine effect is more limited. Nice, fresh enjoyable tea.

  5. Riley Bingham (verified owner)

    The perfect low-caffeine anytimer. As delicious as it is affordable.

  6. Diana Forero (verified owner)

    This tea is amazing. Not only does it taste great with fantastic umami (a very savory, unique flavor that my wife says tastes like chicken broth), it feels like a hug for your brain. It is absolutely a wonderful way to help you unwind and relax from all of the daily stressors you face in life. I’m so glad I found this tea.

  7. Ann (verified owner)

    Absolutely incredible. Fragrant, very favourful, and very good for multiple infusions.

  8. monix (verified owner)

    I’ve been waiting for this kind of tea.So pleased to be able to cold brew.And multiple times the same amount.The taste is great and as expected.I’m very pleased that each product is described in so many details.It helps a lot as I am a beginner and need to know how to choose according to what I expect in the taste.Great job also in how you inform us about the brewing process.

  9. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    Steeped this jewel as per instruction 3 times in 200 ml of water. First steeping made me kind of eye-opened, second was 30sec and had quite a mellow aroma, then third steeping for a bit more than 60sec, and after it i became as we say here calm as an elephant. Was enough quantity for 3 male elephants 🙂 As for the taste i found it a bit bittery compared to regular kukicha i used to drink.

  10. John Schutt (verified owner)

    I drink this every night before I go to bed. It puts me into a nice peaceful state of mind and has actually improved my quality of sleep. The umami of this tea is wonderful and actually coats the inside of my mouth. I also get a nice floral note on the latter steep that is quite pleasant.

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ISAO

High-Grade Tamaryokucha

2 reviews for ISAO

  1. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    This tea has quite a long lasting sweet and a bit salty taste. Second-brewed it’s rather soupy and the aftertaste seems to last forever. An eye-opener with the calming effect.

  2. Riley Bingham (verified owner)

    This is the tamaryokucha I return to again and again. Beyond its balance and perfect temperament for an everyday teach, few other teas are as fun to open–the powerful aroma of Isao will almost burst from the bag.

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JUN

High-Grade Organic Sencha

4 reviews for JUN

  1. Misun (verified owner)

    My first pure sencha ever and I’m not disappointed. First, the fragrance. It blew my mind, I didn’t trust the tasting notes but oh lord the fragrance is awesome ! Calm, appeasing, and especially refreshing, makes me think of a freshly cut sweet pineapple.
    And now the taste and texture ! A really appreciable brothy taste, strong umami , it coats the mouth perfectly and is a bit bitter but good and appreciable bitterness. Beware of your water temperature, brewing time and water to leaf ratio ! Because they really impact your experience. Try their instructions first then adjust to your taste. I personally use arround 4/5 g for 100ml of water, 70 degrees celsius, and 90 sec of brewing time for the first infusion. 2nd infusion: same exept I brew for 20-25 sec. Enjoy your tea !

  2. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    A very light and excellently balanced Sencha.

    Terrific if you are just starting out, or wanting something of a more subtle nature that is gently lilting and refreshing.

    This is a tea I have had to drink regularly to appreciate just how quiet and gentle the flavours are. My usual preference is for the heavier flavoured teas that linger, but I realised that this is a tea to stop and listen to and if you do she will tell you her secrets.

    Quiet, understated and gentle.

  3. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Jun tea is the highlight of my day. Their fukamushi is a shortcut to meditative nirvana. I can only say good things!

  4. colepeters (verified owner)

    Jun has been my first foray into the world of Sencha, and I couldn’t imagine a better entry point. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a tea like this. The first impression (past the beautiful packaging) is a distinctive and surprising aroma, fresh, sweetly earthy. I was not at all prepared for the taste. It has a level of umami that, as far as tea goes, I’ve previously only tasted in matcha. Jun is gently sweet, subtly complex, and wonderfully smooth. I don’t have the proper vocabulary to give this tea its dues, except to say that I’m stunned by what I’m drinking. Irie-san has my highest respect, and I look forward to making this a regular purchase. ほんとうにありがとうございます、いりえさん!

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KIRI

Premium Tamaryokucha

1 review for KIRI

  1. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    Beautifully light in the mouth and on the stomach, a tea you will want to order again and again.

    This one has plenty of sweetness, but not too earthy so invites you back lightly for more.

    Be sure to try!

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KAZUYA

Competition Organic Sencha

4 reviews for KAZUYA

  1. CHERRY (verified owner)

    Japanese organic tea tends to have milder taste than the non-organic tea due to the limited use of fertilizers. This competition grade sencha is the first harvest of the year, it did meet my expectation. I really appreciate the dedication and so much hard work from the organic farmers.

  2. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    Although I enjoyed this competition grade sencha, I prefer the non-organic one Ikkyu offers.

  3. Curtis Dodson (verified owner)

    I have ordered this several times and it NEVER disappoints. This is my favourite sencha, and my go to after a long day. Although I rotate through tea, this is always stocked. I use 6g of tea at 200mL at 60C and it comes out just perfect.

  4. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    So far this is the best Sencha I have ever had.

    The taste is sweet and long lasting but in no way overpowering, in fact I thought the taste was going to hit me like an express train, but it did not.

    Instead it lightly opened the door, entered the room and began to gradually seduce me.

    A perfect Sencha.

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KAZUHIRO

Competition Organic Gyokuro

Japanese green tea bag wrapped in traditional Japanese washi paper for a premium grade organic gyokuro from Saga, Japan, named 'KAZUHIRO'. The package is made of a washi sheet, a washi obi and inner information sheet.

3 reviews for KAZUHIRO

  1. AnaisNin (verified owner)

    Definitely my fave ! with its beautiful refreshing sweetness , delectable nuttiness ,umami is there without too overbearing -Kazuhiro suits me best and This will stay with me for a long and long time !

  2. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    Honestly, it might me too sweet for my taste and lacks that gyokuro marine umami. Reminds me of korean jungjak tea.

  3. John Schutt (verified owner)

    The sweetness of this gyokuro is unreal and the Theanine content is so high that it actually coats my tea pot when I am brewing it with a thick liquid after it’s poured. This is the perfect tea to start my morning off with and if I could afford to I would do just that on a daily basis.

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KOJI

Premium Organic Tamaryokucha

5 reviews for KOJI

  1. CHERRY (verified owner)

    This is a new variety of my tea collection. Love the smell of the refreshing and taste good. It’s organic and very affordable.

  2. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    My favorite tea from Ikkyu so far. It is so green and vibrant. The liquor is vivid and alive. Extremely fresh taste.

  3. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    This green tea is fresh yet robust with notes of sweet asparagus. It has a lovely aroma and clean finish. I enjoy starting my day with this cup of tea.

  4. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    This has now become my one of my favourite green teas!

    The flavours of caramel, nuts, honey and open fires roll around your mouth and are simply divine.

    I call this my Christmas tea, as even the smell of the tea on opening the packet takes you on a journey of childhood joy.

    Don’t miss the beauty of this exceptional tea!

  5. John Schutt (verified owner)

    I can not reccomend this tea enough , especially for the price. This is a thick umami brew and given the higher temperature and lower steep times it lasts for quite some time.

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KOTARO

High-Grade Organic Tamaryokucha

2 reviews for KOTARO

  1. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    An incredible tea, just perfectly balanced enough to make you try to remember the taste and come back for more.

    A sure fire winner, especially if like me you are a Tamaryokucha fan!

  2. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Absolutely incredible. Fragrant, very favourful, and very good for multiple infusions.

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MATSUKO

High-Grade Organic Matcha

2 reviews for MATSUKO

  1. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    I found this matcha to be okay. Given the price it is a good value. I prefer the premium organic matcha.

  2. Eden Solomonov (verified owner)

    I really loved that matcha. It has a rich and earthy unique taste, that light green color is amazing. Plus, easy to blend to a creamy a good cup of matcha latte. It’s not my first time buying a matcha with such a good quality, and that is very fair price. Love it!

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MIYUKI

Premium Organic Matcha

6 reviews for MIYUKI

  1. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    Delicious matcha. My favorite Ikkyu matcha. Very good for an organic matcha. Would enjoy drinking this every day.

  2. JoeCrystal (verified owner)

    This is the first proper matcha I got directly from Japan rather than the local retailers. I was very pleased with the taste and it is quite easy to prepare. I especially like the tin it came in which I will certainly keep. I am especially looking forward to building a collection of these tins so I get a variety of matcha.

  3. GabyV (verified owner)

    My friend usually only drink matcha latté, but she refused to drink this one with milk. The quality does not “matcha” single of the one that we tried before. It is way superior. The taste will make you realize that you have been doing it wrong.

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    Mon amie boit habituellement des matcha latté, mais elle refuse de boire ce thé avec du lait. La qualité est de loin supérieur à tout ce que nous avons essayé auparavant.

  4. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    Quite a pleasant matcha with a good foam, I tend to prepare it koicha style and it doesn’t become bitter at all.

  5. Ruta Katiliute (verified owner)

    I am very happy with this matcha! Smooth, rich aroma, very nice deep green color. It became my morning pleasure since. It is my first ceremonial grade matcha so I haven’t got much experience to compare it with other ceremonial grade matchas on offer, however comparing to organic matchas sold in Europe that I had before – the difference is immense. Would definitely buy again and I will!

  6. John Schutt (verified owner)

    This is an incredible matcha. Not only is the balance of sweetness and umami perfect but the Theanine content is incredibly high so while I was alert and focused I was incredibly relaxed as well. Would buy this again in an instant.

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MITSUE

Competition Sencha

3 reviews for MITSUE

  1. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this tea. When in the mood for a splurge this one can’t be beat. Strong umami hit.

  2. Ching@1996 (verified owner)

    This green tea is one of the best tea I have tried here in Ikkyu! It has a beautiful green color and pleasant taste making me relax.

  3. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    This fukamushicha has a beautiful colour and a lovely smell. It tastes clean and delicious. It is one of my favourite teas.

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MITSUMI

High-Grade Sencha

2 reviews for MITSUMI

  1. Riley Bingham (verified owner)

    If you enjoy fukamushis, you’ll enjoy Mitsumi. Brilliant color. Vegetal subtlety, but still possessed of great clarity. A nice relaxer.

  2. Eden Solomonov (verified owner)

    BEAUTIFUL color! sort of yellowish-green golden color. tastes vegie and sutle grassy. Very soothing. Great after a heavy meal

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NAOKO

High-Grade Organic Sencha

4 reviews for NAOKO

  1. AllisonHeiliczer (verified owner)

    Simply delicious. This is my tea each morning, the one that warmly welcomes the day – rich taste yet balanced with a simplistic, knowable smell.

  2. ivor (verified owner)

    Very balanced in terms of umami and astrigency while keeping the notes of flowers, grass, and a slight touch of honey. Being a fukamushi sencha, the second and later brews are much denser and richer, which I especially enjoy.

  3. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    You simply can’t put this tea in a box, it’s too good!

    You can literally taste the difference and the care that has gone into creating this beautifully crafted tea.

    Another winner from Orita Nobuo and now on my regular shopping list!

  4. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Exactly as described. Superbly crafted, delicate, savory, slightly sweet, very relaxing. This tea, at this price, is a great value, I am reordering today.

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NAOMI

Premium Organic Sencha

2 reviews for NAOMI

  1. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Excellent organic tea with a rich flavour. The flavour is sweet and leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth with a feeling of freshness.

  2. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    This is an absolutely superb Sencha!

    This has a very earthy natural feel, of which you can taste the care that has gone into this tea to keep it as close to nature as possible.

    Beautifully balanced, tasting creamy, with depth and a warmth that languishing on your tongue and palate.

    I found the second brew to actually be better then the first, as this tea takes a while to open itself up to you.

    This has become a classic favourite for me and I will place this on my regular order list.

    Thank you for making beautiful tea!

    Arigato

    AB

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REN

High-Grade Sencha

2 reviews for REN

  1. Curtis Dodson (verified owner)

    A very good sencha for the price. Definitely a unique and strong umami flavour in this sencha.

  2. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Quality to price ratio, one will struggle to find a better sencha. Highly recommended!

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REI

Premium Sencha

3 reviews for REI

  1. Curtis Dodson (verified owner)

    Very good sencha with a strong flavour. Beautiful colour and perfect for the winter season or a fresh summer morning.

  2. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    The taste is really lovely, there is no bitterness even when pushed a temp a little bit.
    Sweet with a hint of a salty aftertaste. The color of 2nd brew is emerald green. Brings warm and relaxed feeling perfect for winter season.

  3. Mateusz Lizewski (verified owner)

    The best Sencha I ever tasted! Very sweet and strong flavour, perfect tea!

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TOMOKO

Premium Kabusecha

1 review for TOMOKO

  1. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    This is an awesome tea for those who want that happy summer feeling!

    Completely different from other Japanese teas and in a class of its own, with lighter balanced flavours that drift gently from one side of the spectrum to the other, but without staying too long on either side and unbalancing the overall flavour.

    Drink this beautiful organic tea and then go skipping on your way.

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SAWA

Premium Kabusecha

4 reviews for SAWA

  1. CHERRY (verified owner)

    Great affordable tea for daily consumption, super value.

  2. Curtis Dodson (verified owner)

    If you love gyokuro but wanted to try something different then this tea is the one for you. It shares similarities to both gyokuro and sencha.

  3. antonio vazquez (verified owner)

    Give it chance, worth it.

  4. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    This Kabusecha Sawa needs no introduction.
    It stands at the top of the hill and makes no apology for being there.
    I am surprised that there are not many more varieties of this glorious tea, but this one Sawa is a standalone tea.
    I felt I had been taken back in time and was drinking with the old masters from another era.
    Lingering, lustful, full of life and bursting to show you more!

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SATORI

Premium Gyokuro

3 reviews for SATORI

  1. CHERRY (verified owner)

    This is one of my favourite gyokuro, and I really enjoy its sweet flavour and refreshing aroma. worth every penny.

  2. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    This gyokuro has deep, rich taste and brings quite a philosophical mood(hence the name?). Highly recommend it to all gyokuro lovers.

  3. antonio vazquez (verified owner)

    Delicious

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YOSHI

High-Grade Sencha

1 review for YOSHI

  1. Lars Bredo Rahbek (verified owner)

    Miyazaki as a tea producing location is Japan’s best kept secret. The teas from there are wonderful. Especially this Kamari-cha ‘Yoshi’.

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YOSHIAKI

High-Grade Sencha

3 reviews for YOSHIAKI

  1. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Very fine fresh sencha with distinctive umami and pleasant sweetness. Almost without bitterness and astringency. The first infusions are significantly viscous. Really great tea.

  2. nickts1 (verified owner)

    Easily my favorite daily sencha. The level of flavor you get from this tea is truly something to be experienced.

  3. Lars Bredo Rahbek (verified owner)

    Oh, Miyazaki teas are to wonderful. And what a stunning region of Japan. This sencha is super delicious. Highly recommended.

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WHITE TEA

Premium White Tea

4 reviews for WHITE TEA

  1. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    I like the caramel sweet, something like sweet peanut taste of this tea. The color shades of the brewed tea leaves are very funny to admire. As it seems to contain no caffeine I enjoy it as evening tea and as an effect it gives my joints and body a good relief. 1st and 3rd brews are most tasteful. Seems that brewing instructions changed since last time, they were 60s. Would like to try it also in colder brew, when the tea will be available again.

  2. CHERRY (verified owner)

    I really appreciated this white tea. It has a deep umami taste that haunts my dreams. The rich texture can be enjoyed up to 4 brews. Ever since I tried it , it’s always on my order list.

  3. Mateusz Lizewski (verified owner)

    Great discovery, I did not expect to be so satisfied by a white tea. I recommend it to every Sencha/Gyokuro’s amateur. Totally understand the previous awards!

  4. John Schutt (verified owner)

    This tea is worth every single penny you will spend on it. It has the umami and sweetness of a guyokuro but has a very subtle beautiful floral note as well. I have never experienced anything like this.

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