Awa Bancha Tea is the tea which ordinary people have been drinking in everyday life for generations in Tokushima. As the traditional method (processed by hand) is adopted, the production volume is not large.
Awa Bancha Tea is not made of the leftovers of first and second crop of the tea leaves, but of fully grown first leaves. As the leaves are picked late (“晩” ban), they are called Bancha (late tea). Unlike normal green tea, Awa Bancha Tea is made by a unique process where the leaves are boiled in a big pot, grinded by tea grinders, fermented with lactic acid bacteria for a week or two in a tub and dried under the sun. It is a post-fermented tea and very rare in the world. A rich yet refreshing taste with a bit of sour flavor is the attraction of Awa Bancha Tea.
Awa Juwari Sake is a brand of Japanese sake made only of rice produced in Tokushima Prefecture and made by the brewers there. It is a genuine premium local sake.