Guricha

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Updated: May. 25, 2013 

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About Guricha | Best (Top-Rated) Guricha | Examples of Guricha

About Guricha

Vibrant green loose leaf green tea with a slight curve to the leaves
Loose-leaf guricha or tamaryokucha, showing the curved shape of the leaves. Pictured here is the steamed variety.
Guricha, also called tamaryokucha(玉緑茶), is a type of Japanese green tea which has a more curved shape to its leaves. Some guricha is pan-fired, more like Chinese green teas, and less common among other Japanese green teas.

The pan-fired version of guricha is called kama-guri, kama-iri-cha, or kama-iri-sei-cha tamaryoku. This tea is much more similar in character to Chinese pan-fired green teas. It originated as an export product in the 1930's, sold primarily to Muslim countries, which historically consume Chinese-type green teas.

The steamed version is called mushi-guri or mushi-sei-cha tamaryoku, and is similar in overall character to sencha; it was developed by skipping a step in the production process of sencha, leading to a similar-looking curved appearance to the finished leaf.[1] The steamed version is more widely available in Western countries, but is not common there. It tends to be a premium-priced product.

Guricha tends to be produced on Kyushu island, such as in Saga prefecture. Mushi-guricha is also produced in Shizuoka. Small amounts have also recently begun to be produced in China.

References:

1. Le Tamaryoku-cha 玉緑茶 (ou guri-cha ぐり茶), Sommelier en thé japonais (French language), Nov. 11, 2009.

Best Guricha

The notion of the "best" Guricha is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Tamayokucha

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
8
8 Ratings
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Ureshino Tama Ryokucha

Brand:Wegmans
Region:Saga, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
73
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Teas

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Ureshino Tama Ryokucha

Brand:Wegmans
Region:Saga, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
73
4 Ratings
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Tamayokucha

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
8
8 Ratings

Examples of Guricha

The following are examples of the 5 selections of Guricha in our database.

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Tamayokucha

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
8
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Japan Tamaryokucha

Brand:TeaGschwendner
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Tamaryokucha Green Tea

Brand:Simpson & Vail
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Guricha

Brand:Den's Tea
Region:Saga, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose

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