Organic Kukicha from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Description:

Kukicha is a traditional beverage in Japan that is made from the roasted stems and leaves of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis).  Stems and leaves are harvested in late fall from carefully selected aged plants and dry roasted in giant cast iron caldrons.  This process delivers a rich roasted flavor and aroma.   Our Kukicha is certified organic and is much lower in caffeine than tea leaves and buds because it is comprised of mainly twigs and stems.  Kukicha is also perfect for blending with any of our black, green or oolong teas for an interesting twist. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious Kukicha, rich with roasty-toasty flavor!

I’ve had many different types of Kukicha, ranging from green Kukicha, light roasted Kukicha and even dark roasted Kukicha, along with several other roasted grades that fell somewhere between the two extremes.  But, I think that my favorite are the darker roasted Kukicha like this one.  I just love its sweet, toasted flavor – it is so warm and comforting.

The flavor is sweet and nutty, with a lovely smoked tone in the distance.  It doesn’t taste overly smoky, but the smoked notes add a pleasing dimension to the cup.  The deep roasted flavor reminds me a bit of coffee, but without the coffee bitterness.

This Kukicha has a very soothing quality as well, I can feel it calm and relax me as I sip it.  Overall, a very enjoyable cup.

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