Kawane Wa-Kōcha
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      Kawane Wa-Kōcha

      Discover the unique delight of Kawane Wa-Kōcha, a premium Japanese Black Tea from the renowned green tea region of Kawane town (川根町) in Shizuoka Prefecture. While Kawane is primarily celebrated for its green teas, it also boasts a distinguished tradition of black tea production. This exquisite black tea, crafted by a venerated company established in the early Meiji period (circa 1875), is blended by a 73-year-old tea master using traditional techniques reminiscent of Darjeeling but with a distinctive Japanese flair.

      Kawane Wa-Kōcha beautifully marries the aromatic nuances of Darjeeling and Ceylon teas, offering a robust aroma, smooth flavor, and subtle Japanese sweetness. It is versatile enough to be enjoyed plain or enhanced with milk and sugar, particularly on the last infusion. The tea utilizes a blend of Zairai and Benifuki clones, and uniquely combines leaves from both the first and second harvests—a practice that enhances its bold flavor, setting it apart from typical Japanese black teas.

      For optimal enjoyment, bring fresh water to near boiling and steep two teaspoons per 8 ounces of water for 3 to 4 minutes.

      Consider this exceptional Kawane Wa-Kōcha as a rare addition to your tea collection—perfect for those who appreciate the richness of black teas alongside the freshness of Japanese greens.

      Package includes 100 grams of this high-quality Japanese black tea.

      Score: 5.00 (votes: 8)
      Reviews: 7
      • ¥1,800 JPY
      • 18   – Reward points

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      Product questions

      • Juliette Sang
        May 27, 2018, 11:41

        what is the best pot for brewing Japanese black teas?
        Thank you.

        Kevin Moore
        May 27, 2018, 13:17

        There is no best teapot for this, basically any teapot you would brew regular black tea. Any of our teapots will work for it as well...

      Customer reviews
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      5.00(Votes: 8)
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      • Jeremy
        Jul 23, 2023, 05:39
        Wonderful black tea, quickly become one of my favorites. I hope O-Cha keeps it in stock permanently. Will be buying much more in my next order!
      • Lady Elk
        Jun 10, 2021, 00:46
        Wow! Kawane Wa-Kōcha is a superb black tea; One of the finest I've drunk, and I do drink many teas in general. The red color is beautiful as it's not cloudy.

        I brewed it at 160°F / 71°C (with distilled water) for few seconds shy of four minutes. Two teaspoonfuls as I only needed an individual size of a cuppa. It would be best if you indeed were mindful of how long you intend to steep it and how hot your water is.

        The aroma is delicate, and it would roll on your tongue silky smooth. The astringency is mild to medium; It imparts a honeyed warm grain flavor and not-fermented black tea taste. That makes it extremely enjoyable.

        TLDR: Not bitter, sweet, smooth, nutty, black-tea floralness. Not for novice brewers. 100% would buy again.
      • Jordan
        Oct 31, 2017, 03:00
        A solid black tea loose leaf that's easy to drink once you get to know it. Definitely need to watch how long you steep it!
      • Dylan
        Aug 1, 2017, 08:38
        Amazing tea. Its flavour has more depth to it than other black teas. Recommended for black tea lovers
      • Henry Spratt
        Sep 23, 2016, 20:52
        Excellent tea (brewed according to directions). If you like black tea you won't be disappointed. Next to no bitterness. Smells delightful and brews a good middle ground between delicate and strong.
      • Tõnu
        May 1, 2016, 22:24
        For anyone who like and enjoys black teas, it is worth to try.
      • jon d
        Feb 9, 2016, 09:00
        A very good black tea. Silky mouth-feel with a grainy/honey taste that hits more towards the back of the mouth. Brewed in a 90ml gaiwan using 3.5g. Will try with suggested brewing to see how that is. Overall give it a try nice tea.
        • Art.-Nr.
        • Gewicht
          110 g
      • Loose Leaf
        • Ease of Brewing
          Easy Brewer!
        • Net Weight
          100 g / 3.52 oz
        • Growing Region
          Shizuoka Prefecture
        • Harvest
          Muti-Harvest Blend
        • Breed
          Zairai, Benifuki
        • Shading
          Full Sun
        • Steaming
          Unsteamed (Fermented)
        • Color
        • Aroma
        • Taste
        • Astringency
        • Clarity
        • First infusions per Pkg
        • Organic
        • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
          (see individual tea)
        • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
          (see individual tea)
        • Notes
          Brew 2 teaspoons leaf per 8 ounces (240ml) of off the boil water for 3 to 4 minutes.

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