Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶
Iribancha | 入り番茶

Iribancha | 入り番茶

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Packaging: 300g Ryuouen Bag

An Often Controversial Tea, Iribancha Is A Late Harvest Tea That Is Simply Dried And Ten Undergoes Intense Deep Roast. The Resulting Leaf Is Richly Fragranced With Notes Smoke, Pine Resin, And Pipe Tobacco.

This Iribancha is sourced from the venerable Kyoto tea shop, Ryuouen. After several years of visiting them and expressing interest in carrying their products, Ryuouen has entrusted Kettl Tea to become their only wholesaler outside of Japan. We cherish this opportunity and the friendship, guidance and delicious tea they provide us

Tasting Notes: Pine Resin / Bonfire / Burnt Cannabis

Tea Origin: Uji, Japan

 

Brewing.
Hot: 1st Steep: 5g of leaf | 220g of water @ 200°F | Steep for 2 minutes. 2nd Steep: 200°F | Steep for 1 minute

Storage: Keep the tea in the refrigerator. After opening, place the tin in a ziploc bag before returning to the fridge - this will protect the tea from absorbing any aromas from your refrigerator.

Description: This Iribancha was produced exclusively by Ryuouen - one of Japan's oldest and most respected tea sellers. We are honored to be entrusted as Ryuouen's sole reseller outside of Japan. This unique tea is consumed almost exclusively in the Kyoto area and is often referred to as "Kyobancha" (Kyoto Bancha). What distinguishes this tea from other bancha is the intense smoky aroma that is produced by a long, high-temperature roasting. While the nose is intensely smoked, the brewed tea has a mild mouthfeel with a pleasant, lingering smoky finish.

What is so special about this tea? This tea is the labor of an obsession: both from Ryuouen and their obsessive commitment to quality, and from Kettl in our obsession to convince them to allow us to sell. We visited with Ryuouen five times over the course of two years and slowly gained their trust and were rewarded with the responsibility to share their products with a wider audience. You'll notice this tea comes in the original Ryuouen packaging - a sign of respect to their makers and a badge of honor for us. Iribancha is produced from the mature, unused leaves from a variety of tea plants - often high-grade Tencha - from surrounding areas of Uji. Picked in late summer, these mature leaves actually undergo a small amount of fermentation and oxidation, and if un-roasted, would brew with a slightly sour taste. But the intensive roasting process imbues this tea with a heady, smoky punch reminiscent of the peated scotch of Islay. A wonderful, calming tea that is easy to enjoy but will draw your attention in each time you drink it. Our outstanding partnerships and insatiable drive to bring you the best results in a matcha we want to drink again and again.

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How de we describe iribancha?

tobacco + camp fire

Iribancha has an unmistakable smoky nose - but once brewed reveals a more subtle sweetness. Made from the most mature harvest in Uji, Iribancha is deeply roasted imbuing it with a tobacco like character reminiscent of Islay style scotch.

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