WHAT IS WHITE TEA ?
White tea (白茶, also called Hakugouginshin) belongs to the family of green tea (non-fermented tea), like sencha, gyokuro, kamairicha, etc. Confused yet? Don’t worry, it’s not so complicated. The groundbreaking difference between, say, a sencha and white tea, is that when making sencha, tea producers don’t shade their tea fields. The leaves are exposed to sunshine until harvest.
For white tea, a few weeks before harvest, the fields are shaded and 100% of sunlight is blocked. Yes, 100%! Gyokuro (the king of green teas) is shaded at 95-98%. A little bit of sunlight reaches the leaves.
With almost bitterness, no astringency, but a sweet, almond taste and a well defined umami it’s a unique experience. And finally, inside your body, up to three times more of amino acids than in sencha!
This is what makes white tea so amazing: boosted health effects! In particular, the contents of L-theanine, one of the many amino acids found in tea, are increased. This is the substance responsible for a sense of relaxation when drinking green tea, as it increases the levels of a specific calming neurotransmitter in your brain, along with serotonin and L-dopamin, two major mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
Another essential amino acid boosted in white tea is arginine. Its role is fundamental for healing wounds, but also for your immunity system in general, and for the regulation of blood pressure.
Great and delicate taste, a rare gem, and a blessing for your body? Don’t hesitate and try our white tea today!
what is matcha ?
Matcha (抹茶) is a fine powdered green tea made from tencha leaves (shaded leaves) that benefits from high theanine contents. Matcha combines an elegant aroma and sweetness, and brings a pleasant state of relaxation to both body and mind. Because the leaf powder is dissolved in hot water, all of the tea nutrients are ingested, including those that are not water-soluble (vitamin A, protein, vitamin E, minerals, dietary fibers).
In Japan, matcha is enjoyed during the Tea Ceremony, according to the Sado principles. Even if you are no specialist, to prepare your daily matcha, you will need several key accessories, such as a chawan (matcha bowl), chashaku (bamboo scoop), a chasen (matcha whisk) and a kusenaoshi (chasen holder). Since 2021, our shop includes handmade chasen made in Takayama, Nara prefecture, with 100% Japanese bamboo. Feel free to browse our tea accessories section to complete or start your collection.
REGISTER TO OUR NEWSLETTER
Stay up to date on our new arrivals, promotions and Japanese culture
"Tea is nought but this: first you heat the water,
then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know."
Sen no Rikyu
HELP & FAQ