Japanese Moriuchi Koucha Black Tea

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Regular price £19.99
(50p per cup)

A rare black Japanese loose leaf tea hand-crafted in Shizuoka by the revered master Moriuchi-san.

Black tea was first grown in Japan at the end of the 19th century in response to the growing fashion for darker tea in Europe, particularly the UK.  As cheaper black tea and a patriotic preference for "colonial" tea grew to dominate, the market demand dwindled. We have not had access or enjoyed Japanese black teas outside of Japan for many generations - which is a huge shame, as you will discover when you try this exquisite loose leaf tea. This is a truly rare tea.

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29 June 2021
Australia Australia

I want to hoard this for tea for myself

This is one of my favourite Rare Tea Co black teas (and I’ve tried a few now). So much so that I was reluctant to leave a review that would alert others to this special tea!

03 February 2021
Donald M.
United States United States

Domo arigato Moriuchi-San.

I used to love just blocks away from where Moriuchi Koucha is prepared, but it wasn’t until years later and a thousand mile move that I became acquainted with what has become my favorite tea. I am finding myself stockpiling it so as not to run out in these uncertain times. When that uneasy feeling rises up in me, I stop and have a cup of Moriuchi Koucha and the world sets itself aright and I am ready to forge forth into the unknown future that awaits. To paraphrase the news anchors, let’s see what the new day brings and we’ll discuss it on the other side. Over a cup.

10 November 2020
United States United States

The only black savory tea you will ever experience!

I had only tried this Japanese black tea once, at Claridge's in London for afternoon tea last summer. Since then, I have been searching high and low in the US for this exquisite loose leaf tea. At last, I stumbled upon the Rare Tea Company and ordered it. This tea is my drug. It's perfect in the morning or afternoon. It is equally satisfying as an accompaniment to sweets or savory items like the traditional English tea sandwiches. I have never experienced a savory tea before; you can really taste the essence of the enoki mushrooms and the earthy, nutty taste of the walnuts.

Japanese Moriuchi Koucha Black Tea
Japanese Moriuchi Koucha Black Tea
Japanese Moriuchi Koucha Black Tea
Japanese Moriuchi Koucha Black Tea

Tasting Notes

Smooth, soft, buttery mouthfeel with flavours of walnuts and enoki mushrooms. A rare contrast of sweetness and umami.


Use 2g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion use 80°C (176°F) water.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.  Best enjoyed without milk.


You can infuse this tea at least twice.  With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

50p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

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