Distinctive Sencha is a true artisan tea which was awarded a prestigious gold medal from the Monde Selection of Brussels, Belgium (outside Link). As the final step of processing, the tea leaves are lightly roasted to bring out a naturally sweet taste. Very few tea companies in Japan or the world are skilled enough to achieve such a highly delicate process. This beautifully packaged product can serve as a very well-received gift or please any lover of Japanese green tea. It has the distinction of being one of the finest green teas that can be found anywhere in the world.