Obukucha (Good Fortune Tea) - 100g
Obukucha is a genmaicha that combines the light sweetness of high-grade yanagi tea leaves with the heartiness of roasted rice.
Obukucha is a special release genmaicha, made with higher grade green tea leaves than our year-round Genmaicha. The result is a tea with a fuller-bodied, sweeter green tea character and a hint of roasted rice. Just like our other genmaicha blends, you can enjoy sipping this tea lightheartedly throughout the day and with meals.
In Japan, the important New Year’s holiday is an occasion to gather with family—which of course calls for tea. We release this Obukucha exclusively around the holiday season, as a tea to drink in celebration of the arrival of a new year.
In fact, the name Obukucha means “Good Fortune Tea.” In Japan, Obukucha has been enjoyed for over 10 centuries as a tradition at New Year’s, to bring good luck and good health in the coming year. We hope that you and your loved ones enjoy this tea in happiness and health, while looking towards the new year.
The History of Obukucha
In 951, a serious epidemic swept through Kyoto. In an effort to relieve the suffering, a Buddhist priest, Kuya, distributed tea to the people. It has been said that Emperor Murakami ushered in the New Year with a special cup of tea that year. Since then, it has been a Japanese tradition to drink Obukucha (which means “Good Fortune Tea”) around the New Year.
Ways to Prepare
Supple mouth feel on the first pour, very nice, light toasted rice flavor. The second pour is my favorite - more subtle mouth feel and the rice flavor is more balanced. Overall a very nice tea.
I was surprised at how much I liked this. I'm usually prefer sencha over genmaicha but the roast on this was very light. Fantasy tea!
I always do certain things for New Year to keep my luck. I do add things to my traditions when I hear about other good luck traditions. Saw this tea and ordered it last year. This will definitely be a tradition because the tea is very nice. Plus it is something that my Mom would have drank when she was around. Nice and light. Like the subtleness and very faint lemon? I know I just like it. lol
Hot & full bodied - it's the perfect pairing tea for Winter snacks and the holiday season
Love this tea. It has a delicate flavor and aroma, very drinkable. The toasted rice is rather subtle. Very good quality.