Kawane Wa-Kōcha is Japanese Black Tea grown in Kawane town (川根町), located in the Haibara District of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. While this area is notable for its production of mainly green teas, it may be surprising to know there are numerous growers who specialize in producing black teas as well. This particular version is produced by a rather old and famous company founded in the 8th year of the Meiji period (ca 1875). The tea blender is a 73 year old tea master and uses high quality techniques in the orthodox manner similar to the way traditional Darjeeling is made, but with a Japanese touch. This tea has characteristics similar to both Darjeeling and Ceylon tea, has a strong aroma, a smooth flavor, and has hints of Japanese sweetness. Kawane Wa-Kōcha can be served straight or with milk and sugar (usually on the last infusion). The breed is a blend of Zairai and Benifuki clones. Unlike most Japanese produced black teas which usually come from the second harvest, due to the higher latitudes this tea is grown at, the producer blends this black tea with both first and second harvests, the ratio changing according to year and conditions. The resulting tea results in a more bold flavor than normally encountered with other Japanese black teas.
To brew this particular tea, unlike with traditional green tea, you can achieve best results by bringing fresh water to nearly the boiling point in a kettle (instead of an air pot or water heater), and brewing two teaspoons per 8 ounces of water for 3 to 4 minutes.
If you also enjoy black tea in addition to Japanese green tea, consider adding this rare item to your shopping cart today!
Package includes a full 100 grams of high quality Japanese black tea.
- $12.06 USD
- Shipping Weight110 g
- Loose Leaf
- Ease of BrewingEasy Brewer!
- Net Weight100 g / 3.52 oz
- Growing RegionShizuoka Prefecture
- HarvestMuti-Harvest Blend
- BreedZairai, Benifuki
- ShadingFull Sun
- SteamingUnsteamed (Fermented)
- First infusions per Pkg22
- Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)(see individual tea)
- Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )(see individual tea)
- NotesBrew 2 teaspoons leaf per 8 ounces (240ml) of off the boil water for 3 to 4 minutes.
- JeremyJul 23, 2023, 05:39Wonderful 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 ElkJun 10, 2021, 00:46Wow! 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.
- JordanOct 31, 2017, 03:00A 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!
- DylanAug 1, 2017, 08:38Amazing tea. Its flavour has more depth to it than other black teas. Recommended for black tea lovers
- Henry SprattSep 23, 2016, 20:52Excellent 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.
- TõnuMay 1, 2016, 22:24For anyone who like and enjoys black teas, it is worth to try.
- jon dFeb 9, 2016, 10:00A 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.