Iribancha One-Pot Teabags
Iribancha is produced by roasting green tea leaves flat until they start to smoke. This tea has a distinct smoky aroma, with a soft taste.
Iribancha, also called Kyobancha, is known for its unique smoky aroma and its refreshing flavor. People in Kyoto have long enjoyed Iribancha with meals and throughout the day to stay hydrated. Since it has less caffeine than other green teas, less-sensitive people also drink it in the evening to relax.
Kyoto’s everyday smoky green tea
Iribancha is produced by using the large leaves, stems, and small twigs that remain on the tea tree after the first harvest. These leaves and stems are steamed, baked, and then roasted on a hot pan until they start to smoke. This process gives Iribancha its memorable smoky character.
These Iribancha One-pot Teabags are made from crushing large loose-leaf Iribancha into smaller leaves to fit into large pyramid sachets, making it easier and faster to brew. The package is re-sealable, making it ideal for storing the teabags, and is printed with preparation instructions and a description of the tea in both English and Japanese.
Note for first-timers: Iribancha has a distinct flavor that can be an acquired taste. We recommend newcomers trying it for the first time start with one package.
How to prepare
In a Kyusu
Just brew 1 teabag in 14 oz (400 ml) of freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. Remove teabag and enjoy.
To make a large batch
Just brew 2 teabags in 1 quart (1 liter) of freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. Remove teabags and enjoy.
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
We found Ippodo when we visited Kyoto and this tea was sold only as a loose leaf, not in these bags, which are a bit easier to prep. This has become my favorite tea, and as an avid tea lover that was surprising! It has an exceptional campfire aroma and woodsy flavor which perfectly compliment the mild tea. Absolutely delicious!
The smokiness of this can be a bit overwhelming for me by itself, but it makes an excellent latte!
I was looking for a low caffeine tea with a smooth taste. Iribancha was recommended by the Miwa Ozaki at Ippodo Tea and it was a great recommendation. I especially love the smoky aroma.