Itoen Oi Ocha: Unsweetened Green Tea vs Bold Green Tea

Many of us Japanese like to drink green tea as a refreshment in everyday life, so various kinds of green tea PET bottles can be bought everywhere in Japan, say, from vending machines, and in convenience stores.

Japanese green tea pet bottle

With regards to the variety of Japanese green tea, Matcha, Sencha, Bancha, Genmaicha, Gyokuro, and Hojicha are especially common in Japan, and in fact, green tea PET bottles containing those green tea varieties can be seen around the country.

Ito-En Oi Ocha Green Tea

Ito-En Oi Ocha Green Tea

Among such Japanese green tea PET bottle varieties, what I introduce here, “Oi Ocha (おーいお茶)” from “Ito-En (伊藤園)” holds an overwhelming domestic market share and is known as the Guinness world record holder for the best sales result concerning green tea beverages.

According to the Itoen’s Official Website, their green tea product Oi Ocha only consists of first flush tea brewed from special green tea leaves for Oi Ocha finished by green tea masters, and contains no artificial sweetener, preservative, flavoring, or coloring.

Ito-En Oi Ocha comes in 2 regular varieties, that is, “Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea”, and “Oi Ocha Unsweetened Bold Green Tea”, and I bought both today for comparison, for those who want to find out the difference. So if you are interested, please read through the below.

Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea 525ml PET Bottle

Ito-En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea

Ito-En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

  • Suggested Retail Price in Japan: 140 Yen (about 1.3 USD)
  • Best: For 9 months after production
  • Nutrition Facts (per 100 ml): 0 kcal, 0.03 g salt equivalents, 40 mg catechins

This is the normal version of Oi Ocha green tea, a very easy-to-drink, fine-tasting green tea, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. Anyone from adults to children can like it.

Oi Ocha Unsweetened Bold Green Tea 525ml PET Bottle

Ito-En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Bold Green Tea

Ito-En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Bold Green Tea Nutrition Facts

  • Suggested Retail Price in Japan: 140 Yen (about 1.3 USD)
  • Best: For 9 months after production
  • Nutrition Facts (per 1200 ml): 0 kcal, 0.2 g salt equivalents, 960 mg catechins, 340 mg gallate-type catechins
  • Dosage: Up to 1200 ml a day

This is the healthier version of Oi Ocha green tea that can bring a certain benefit. With a somewhat bitter, bold, earthy taste, this type of Oi Ocha green tea actually can reduce body fat.


Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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