This Karigane is made from stems of the highest quality Sencha that only accounts for about 5 to 10% of all tea leaves.
Sencha has more catechins than any other Japanese tea. Catechins are direct antioxidants that can scavenge free radicals and chelate redox-active metals. Sencha also has twice as much vitamin C and nearly three times the amount of vitamin E than other Japanese teas; with the exception of Hojicha which has the same.
Karigane stems are rich in an amino acid called Theanine. The molecular structure of Theanine is similar to Glutamic Acid which is known for having a sweet and flavorful taste and works to relax the body and brain - improving mental performance and attention. Some people take Theanine by mouth for anxiety, stress, depression, schizophrenia, for preventing Alzheimer's disease, and for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Traditionally-made Sencha is known for having an excellent balance of sweet and bitter flavors and a refreshing aroma. Sencha Karigane is different from basic Sencha due to the Theanine resulting in it being sweeter and less bitter.