Single-Cultivar Sencha Sun Rouge

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The image of reddish leaves and buds reaching towards the sky has given this truly unique cultivar its charming name. The dry leaf has a black-green hue, while the brewed liquor is a novel transparent greenish-purple. The aroma holds notes of both dried grasses and dried fruit, like apricot. On the palate, it begins tart then opens up with a brisk mouthfeel and a medium astringency. The most fascinating feature of this tea is its color changing properties. Just add a splash of acid, such as lemon juice, and watch greenish-purple transform into pink.

Sun Rouge is considered Japan's first purple leaf tea and the result of a cross between Camellia sinensis, the usual species of tea, and Camellia taliensis, a type of wild tree endemic to Yunnan that is also used to make tea in China. Originally developed as a functional beverage, it contains high amounts of anthocyanin. This is the antioxidant and purple pigment found naturally in blueberries, acai, blue corn, and other similarly vibrant foods. Given its color changing properties along with its unorthodox aroma and flavor, we recommend enjoying Sun Rouge cold brewed, as iced tea, in an Arnold Palmer, and in color-changing cocktails.


Hot Brew Preparation

Icon of Tea Leaf 2 tsp (5g)
Icon of Water Droplet 10 oz (295ml)
Icon of Stopwatch 60-90 sec
Icon of Thermometer 175 °F

Cold Brew Preparation

Icon of Tea Leaf 2 tsp (5g)
Icon of Water Droplet 10 oz (295ml)
Icon of Stopwatch 10-15 min
Icon of Thermometer Ice Water


  • Net Weight: 50g
  • Style: Asamushi (Light-Steamed)
  • Season: Summer harvest 2021
  • Dried fruit (apricot) marked by strong notes of hay and acai
  • Liquor: Transparent greenish-purple
  • Tart with faint notes of cherry, ume, cascara (coffee cherry). Tartness upfront, light, brisk mouthfeel, no umami, medium astringency.
  • Package: Nitrogen flushed and vacuum sealed in foil bag
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