Anyone who knows me knows how much I love tea. I'm a big fan of Japanese tea, so here's a wee post about three different types of tea you can get in Japan.
Most people have heard of matcha, which is green tea grown in the shade (just before harvesting, not for the whole time), steamed then powdered. This is the tea used in tea ceremonies.
Gyokuro is also grown in the shade and steamed, but it's not powdered. These tea leaves smell absolutely amazing and the tea is quite sweet and mellow.
Sencha is grown in the light then steamed. The tea tastes quite different, being less sweet and more refreshing.
I plan to get you all to try these three teas in the next few months. :D