Pine Needle Wakoucha 松针和红茶

Pine Needle Wakoucha 松针和红茶

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Category: Black

Origin: Wazuka, Japan

Harvest: Spring 2019

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.

This Wakoucha is a Japanese black tea that is rolled like Sencha, resulting in the unique pine needle shaped tea leaves. Medium in body, it has a light savory flavor with subtle underlying notes of molasses, and lingering aroma of a freshly cut watermelon.


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.

Tasting Notes: Fruity aromas with savory notes and hints of umami

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STEEPING INSTRUCTIONS

Whole leaves can take a little longer to steep, but the taste more than makes up for it. 

Every tea is unique and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is to be used suggestively as a guide for brewing this tea, we think it's a good place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.

Please note: Rinse the tea in teapot with a quick application of hot water, discard the liquid immediately. Add additional hot water to start 1st steeping

Suggested Brewing Method: Gongfu style in a Japanese tea pot or gaiwan:

5 grams or 2 teaspoons per 6oz of water

5 grams or 2 teaspoons per 6oz of water

Water off boil      185°F or 85°C

Water off boil

185°F or 85°C

increments of 30 seconds (add 10 seconds to each additional steep)

increments of 30 seconds (add 10 seconds to each additional steep)

Re-steep up to 3+ times!

Re-steep up to 3+ times!