Why are your teas fresher than teas from other shops?
After harvesting sencha and gyokuro leaves are rolled, dried naturally, packed into large square blocks and wrapped in foil. They are then carefully placed in wooden boxes and stored in a refrigerated room at a temperature of 1-degree centigrade. Humidity is strictly controlled. Gyokuro leaves are aged to give them a mellow, slightly sweet taste.
Teas stored in this manner remain remarkably fresh for a year or more.
This storage method is the standard procedure for producers of high-quality Japanese green tea.
Teas are removed from this room, bagged, and sent to us daily. An expiration date is on each bag you purchase.
No merchant who receives bagged teas from overseas and stores them until making a sale can match us in terms of freshness. That is why it is important to order teas shipped directly from the source. Sencha is harvested two to three times a year. Gyokuro is usually harvested twice a year.
There is a tremendous difference in quality between teas from the first harvest and all the rest. Japanese Green Tea Online only ships first-harvest teas. First-harvest teas not only taste better they also contain more polyphenols and vitamins than second and third harvest teas.