Our quality Japanese Bancha is from Tuzuki-gun, Ujitawara in Kyoto prefecture. Bancha is a beloved Japanese green tea favorite. It is tea harvested after the first picking in the springtime for Sencha, this second harvest starts in June, and includes the upper stems and larger leaves usually left out of Sencha production. Bancha produces a gentle cup of green tea that is less fragrant and slightly more astringent than younger Sencha. Its flavor is fine, light, and clean tasting. Bancha is wonderfully refreshing, and known in Japan as a palate cleanser after meals. The brewed tea has an exceptionally green vegetal aroma, and a yellow green tea liquor that would brighten even the dullest of days!