In terms of taste, Japanese black teas are typically less astringent and bitter than Indian and Sri Lankan black teas. They also tend to have more floral and honey aroma. Japanese black teas provide a lighter cup with more delicate flavors and a typically higher level of sweetness. Since they are not as bold in flavor as other black teas, it's recommended to enjoy them without milk.
Origins: During the 19th century, Japan’s top two exports were silk and green tea. The Americans, particularly, had taken a liking to Japanese green tea. However, black tea still dominated the Western market, so the Japanese government decided to get into the black tea trade in an effort to boost exports. In 1874, the government invited Chinese tea experts to train Japanese farmers on black tea production. In 1874, the government invited Chinese tea experts to train Japanese farmers on black tea production.
Flavor Profile: Floral, honey aroma, less astrigent
Caffeine: 60-90mg/8oz cup
Health Benefits: All black teas contain powerful antioxidants known for fighting disease, specifically heart disease. Tea is a zero-calorie beverage, making it an ideal, delicious substitute for high-calorie drinks like soda and energy drinks.
Ingredients: Kenyan black tea.