Fern Shoot Wakoucha (50g)


Our Fern Shoot Wakoucha is one of the rare black teas cultivated in Japan. Light and medium-bodied, it has a subtle astringency with underlying notes of dark chocolate, honey and cinnamon. Its gorgeous crimson color is supplemented by an inviting aroma of fresh timber. Made from tea cultivars rarely used for non-Japanese black teas, this is a delicate and refreshing tea.

Taste: Astringent
Body: Light
Texture: Sharp
Length: Medium
Harvest: August
Tea Cultivar: Mixed
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Withered Rolled, Dried
5% discount when purchasing more than 3 bags.


What is Wakoucha?Kocha

Wakoucha (和紅茶) is Japanese Black tea. Thinking about Japanese tea, at first one would not think of black
tea. In comparison to green tea’s long history of production, the manufacture of black tea in Japan was introduced only 150 years ago. Therefore its origin goes back to the Meiji period, the time when Japan began to open up to the rest of the world.
Koucha actually means red tea’. It is named after its colour as the brewed tea displays a dark red colour. This is because Japanese water is low in lime content and therefore is so-called ‘soft water’.
Koucha is a fully oxidised tea. After the harvest the leaves are first withered before further processing. By the subsequent rolling of the tea leaves, the cell structure is broken down which enhances the following oxidaton process.
As black tea is a recent discovery in Japan only about 300 farmers are producing Koucha throughout the country and is therefore a specialist product.




Farmer Profile

Sugimoto-san Black Tea Farmer There are only around 300 tea farmers producing black tea in Japan, and one of them lives right next door here in Wazuka. Sugimoto-san started making black tea, known as wakoucha in Japan, about five years ago. Now, to the surprise of many traditional tea farmers, it has become a huge part of his life.

Additional information

Weight 100 g

1 review for Fern Shoot Wakoucha (50g)

  1. Obubu Tea

    Reviews by tea professionals and enthusiasts:

    “The scent was mostly vegetal. There is a kinda malty flavour, but I get more mild fruit. I could see having this with meals”- Lariel of Lórien, 2014 .

    “The liquor is a nice golden brown, clear, and with very little leaf hair. The aroma is not unlike the scent of the leaves, bright and slightly malty. There is almost an herbal undertone to it as well, but I can’t quite place it. The taste is bright and fairly dry. There is a slight sweetness, but mostly I get brisk, slightly malty, and bitter or sour flavors; almost that of a lemon” – Cory Schmidt, 2013

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