Iribancha

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Ash, Autumn Leaf Pile, Campfire, Smoke, Wood, Bitter
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Bulk, Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more 10 g 34 oz / 1000 ml

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  • “I picked up a pouch of this in one-pot teabags to accompany my pretty new Ippodo glass carafe. I’ve been cold brewing constantly lately so they got me good when they sent an email advertising it… ...” Read full tasting note
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The word bancha has 2 meanings: daily casual tea, and local tea. In the Kyoto area, when people use the word “bancha”, more often than not they are referring to iribancha.

Iribancha has long been a favorite tea among Kyotoites. After the first tea picking of the year, leaves, stems and small twigs from the lower portions of the tea plant are collected, steamed, dried (but not rolled), and roasted at high heat. The result is an unmistakably unique smoky flavor and aroma, somewhat similar to the smell of a campfire or bonfire. This is definitely a tea that needs to be sampled firsthand to be fully appreciated.

This 150 g bag is ideal for preparing only a small number of servings, or for newcomers to iribancha. People drinking iribancha for the first time are often surprised by its unique aroma. If you are new to iribancha, why not give it a try with this small amount.

Japanese green tea begins to lose its aroma after it is opened, so please drink it up within two weeks after opening the package, particularly in the case of iribancha, whose strong point is its a unique aroma. The tea will still be OK to drink after two weeks, but its flavor will gradually deteriorate. People used to drinking it in large quantities will want to purchase the 400 g bag. Choose the size that suits you.

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I picked up a pouch of this in one-pot teabags to accompany my pretty new Ippodo glass carafe. I’ve been cold brewing constantly lately so they got me good when they sent an email advertising it… :P

The carafe itself is lovely, but holy shit is this tea smoky! I was quite taken aback because the only Kyobancha I’ve had is Obubu’s, and it’s completely different from this version. This is Lapsang-level smoky, like sitting next to a campfire with the smoke drifting directly into your face. I’m not able to taste the more nuanced notes of the roast well at all because the smokiness is so intense.

Maybe next time I’ll try a shorter steep or just one teabag per liter… o.o

Flavors: Ash, Autumn Leaf Pile, Campfire, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Todd

Wow, “sitting next to a campfire with the smoke drifting directly into your face” is how I’ve described a lapsang before. I think I’ll avoid that one.

Cameron B.

Oh definitely, would not recommend this for those who don’t like lapsang he he.

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The tea has a rather smokey aroma and this also reflects in the taste. The bitterness of the tea leaves and the bitter scent of the smoked aroma collaborate nicely to imbue the tea with a strong refreshing, thirst quenching and revitalising character. A hint of acidity can also be derived, but isn’t at all overpowering. The overall aroma of the tea quickly fades and doesn’t linger in the mouth. It’s liquor is dark brown with a dark red distinction. Visually, it appears somewhat close to the liquor of a black tea.
Overall, it is a fairly easy tea to enjoy and easy to brew. It is a great thirst quencher and allows itself to be infused in large quantities at a time, making it a great tea to drink throughout the day. As the amount of caffeine contained is also neither to low, Kyo-Bancha can be consumed at basically any time of the day and by any person ranging from very young to old.

Flavors: Bitter, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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