This is a very particular Japanese traditional tea. The tea plants are ‘shade grown’ under a bamboo sunshade. This type of growing which is commonly used in Japan imparts a particular astringent flavour, to the leaves.
However this Kokeicha has a milder astringency possibly due to leaves being first pulverised and then pressed. It is the pressing, which causes the tea to take on its unmistakable exterior. The tea looks just like a collection of fir needles. It produces a yellowish infusion of unusual taste. It is a similar production to the other pulverised Japanese classical tea, used in the tea ceremony called Matcha Kyomukashi.