“Hyakunen-Cha Tea is an authentic reproduction of an original recipe from the 12th century. The count doctor from the Fujiwara Dynasty first created this tea based on the five primary elements and flavors contained in the Pharmacology Chinese Medicine. Hyakunen contains 27 kinds of herbs, mushrooms, and seaweeds which passed down from generation to generation yet improving with time.”
It’s huge in Japan and very elusive in the States.
My dad has been obsessed with this brand of tea for a little bit more than a year. And because I got shipped box loads of this stuff while I still lived in New York, it’s been my go-to drink tea when I’m not feeling like overdosing on caffeine. (There’s only 2% caffeine) Compared to just straight tea leaves, the formulation is rather impressive. It comes in three blends: blue, red and black with 24, 27 and 34 ingredients respectively.
From what I can gather, the red is formulated to help prevent diabetes and the black focuses heavily on mushrooms.
The red: “Those ingredients of the red box may help prevent facial lines (wrinkling), freckles, age spots, dry mouth, diuretic, sore limbs caused by arthritis/gout, muscle pain and chronic aches. It may also aid coughs secondary to asthma, allergies, weight-control and diabetes, the tea is useful for stabilizing blood sugar levels” (Beauty Beyond Skin).
The black: “With the addition of ginseng and Ling-Zhi, the black package tea with its thirty herbs, mushrooms, and seaweed helps with weak constitution, may improve or strengthen the immune system, and increase energy levels. It is also thought to help with the recovery for women from giving birth. It may even have anti-carcinogenic properties.” (Beauty Beyond Skin)
Some forums claim it’s a god-send for acne and congested skin.
I can’t vouch for the health benefits because I don’t drink it regularly enough, but the taste is reminiscent of oolong but doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth. I’m a big tea drinker. Green tea, oolong, green tea with puffed rice are my staples. But Hyakunen-Cha, which, when directly translated means “One Hundred Year Tea” (yay three years of high school Japanese classes), is the tastiest. It has a thick smokey yet slightly sweet flavor that doesn’t overpower.
They go for about $30 for a large box: 30 huge tea bags that end up making a pitcher worth of teas.