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Tamaryokucha (Guricha)

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Last Updated: Sep. 19, 2017 

About Tamaryokucha (Guricha)

Loose-leaf green tea with vibrant dark green color and wiry, slightly curved leavesLoose-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.

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67 / 100
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Tamayokucha from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Tamaryokucha (Guricha) – Region: China
Sep. 30th, 2014

I actually found this tea to be refreshing and clean. It's simple, but not in a way that's bitter or at all unpleasant. I brewed it a short time at 175 °F and was pleasantly surprised by how very drinkable it is. The aroma is very light and the infusion is a pale green. Its a bit plain by itself, so I recommend drinki...

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87 / 100
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Very good tea. It has a slightly nutty, very vegetal scent and taste, which I love. The dry aroma is pungent and pleasant in the same way as the brewed tea. It tastes somewhere between a gyokuro and China Green Tips, by Tazo (if I'm remembering those flavors accurately). It hasn't caused me any throat irritation the wa...

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57 / 100
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Tamayokucha from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Tamaryokucha (Guricha) – Region: China
Jun. 9th, 2014

smells like asparagus...unique!! taste is very similar...medium-mild strength...unique and flavorful but not the best of tastes for my palate...might be quite good with sugar though!

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77 / 100
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The aroma of this tea is a wonderfully mild mix of chestnuts, scupernongs, and a touch of citrus. Once brewed the leaves take on a more hay aroma which blends really nicely with the chestnut.

The taste is very mild and delicious! Sweetness with mild vegetal aftertastes. I will have to get my hands on more of this o...

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63 / 100
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Tamayokucha from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Tamaryokucha (Guricha) – Region: China
Jun. 8th, 2013

The aroma is very green and vegetal with a slight hint of citrus. More like orange blossoms than orange fruit though, so I can see it also being considered floral.

The flavor is also very green, and not in a bad way. Very light and also very bright! The taste is more like grass than vegetables, which is something I...

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Brand:Wegmans
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Region:Saga, Japan
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Region:Saga, Japan
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