Blueberry Green Kukicha from Frontier Co-Op

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Frontier Co-Op

Product Description:

Enjoy this wonderful Japanese organic karigane (green kukicha stem) tea combined with flash freeze-dried organic blueberries. Fresh fruity vegetal flavors deliver very low caffeine content in a satisfying, healthy tea that also happens to help satisfy sweet-tooth cravings.

Taster’s Review:

This is an interesting tea.

The dry leaf (err… stem?) has a scent that is similar to freshly cut grass and blueberry.  It is a very pleasant fragrance.  Once brewed, the aroma of the tea is different.  It still smells of blueberry, but instead of the grassy scent, I am getting a sort of steamed asparagus essence.  These two scents together – blueberry and asparagus – make for a somewhat odd smell.  Not off-putting, just … odd.

But the flavor is very enjoyable.  It tastes strongly of blueberries (a good thing for a blueberry tea to taste strongly of!), and the Kukicha has a vegetative presence.  It is grassy with a light astringency at the tail.  Kukicha tends to be a lighter tasting tea than, say a Sencha, so the vegetative tone seems relatively strong for the lightness of the tea.  But, since I have grown quite fond of that vegetative taste, I don’t mind that at all.

Overall, I found this to be a tasty cup.  It’s good hot or iced, and with it being so hot, I’m inclined at the moment to say that I prefer it iced.  Ask me again in the middle of winter, and I might flip-flop on that.

I like Frontier Co-Op’s products.  These are good quality, organic teas at reasonable prices.   And they’re tasty too!

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