It’s one of the teas from the Functional Teas line. As its name implies, it helps reduce seasonal allergy symptoms because of its methylated catechin content.
The tea comes in a box, which includes 14 packets of powdered tea. It’s very convenient because you just have to dissolve the packet in hot water.
I opened one packet and smelled the tea powder. It reminded me of sencha, very fresh.
As you can see in the picture, the packet has a writing in Japanese. It says “whole catechin funmatsuryokucha“.
The powder is as fine as a matcha, although the color is not as vibrant.
Let’s drink it
The package says that it should be brewed with 8 oz (240 ml) of water at 195ºF (about 90ºC). I don’t have such a big cup, so what I did was make two cups of tea with the same packet.
The liquid is dark, just like a fukamushi sencha. There’s a faint aroma in the liquid, it smelled a little sweet to me.
I tasted it and felt some bitterness and astringency, but not as much as I thought it would be. I’ve tried green teas that were more bitter than this, and they weren’t powdered.
This tea has a rich, strong flavor. I found it pleasant, although I’m aware that some people prefer lighter green teas.
Finding a Benifuuki powdered tea outside Japan isn’t easy. If you want to avoid the symptoms of pollen allergy, I encourage you to give Stay Clear a try.