The Tea Lab is always in search of great, unique teas. We found this rare Japanese Single Origin Black Tea, Wachoucha. Wakoucha was regularly cultivated, mostly in southern Japan, until relatively recently. Wakoucha now is produced mainly as a side project for green tea farmers or as an artisanal tea.
Origins: It was grown mostly in Kagoshima, and mostly for export. When Japanese labor prices went up after World Ward II, the global demand for Japanese black tea disappeared. When Japan removed tariffs on imported black tea in the 1970s, the domestic market for Japanese black tea basically vanished, since black teas from China, India, Sri Lanka, etc were so much cheaper.
Flavor Profile: Lower tannins, floral, with aroma notes of honey and stone fruit, with some cacao undertones.Only a light bitterness and astringency, and a sweet finish.
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: Organic Japanese Black Tea
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.