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Iribancha (Kyobancha) 400g Bag


Temporarily unavailable from April 29th.

Size of Package: W18.0 x D9.0 x H43.0 cm
Net Weight: 400 grams
Shelf Life: 60 days

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The word bancha has 2 meanings: daily casual tea, and local tea. In the Kyoto area, when people use the word "bancha", more often than not they are referring to iribancha.

Iribancha has long been a favorite tea among Kyotoites. After the first tea picking of the year, leaves, stems and small twigs from the lower portions of the tea plant are collected, steamed, dried (but not rolled), and roasted at high heat. The result is an unmistakably unique smoky flavor and aroma, somewhat similar to the smell of a campfire or bonfire. This is definitely a tea that needs to be sampled firsthand to be fully appreciated.

People planning to make iribancha in large quantities using a kettle will want to purchase this 400 g bag, which gives you more for your money than the 150 g bag. Japanese green tea begins to lose its aroma after it is opened, so please drink it up within two weeks after opening the package, particularly in the case of iribancha, whose strong point is its unique aroma. The tea will still be OK to drink after two weeks, but its flavor will gradually deteriorate. Iribancha has a distinctive taste, so we recommend that people trying it for the first time start with the smaller 150 g bag.

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