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TJ34: Organic KuKi Cha Green Kamakura - Organic

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Kukicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
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Commercial Description

An organic green tea with smooth character and delicate fresh hay flavor notes. Naturally low in caffeine.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 180°F, 3 min.

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73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(18 reviews) on
I just received a package of this Kukicha today, and immediately decided to give it a go.

Lately I've been brewing in a pseudo-gong fu style...using a lidded tasting set as my gaiwan (actually works quite well). But I recently ordered a couple of gaiwans that should be here soon.
Steeped 2 teaspoons in 4 ounces of 175 degree water for 30 seconds. A second infusion was for 40 seconds.

Like Alex I also found the aroma to be sencha-like. Quite pleasant I think.
The color is yellowish green. I enjoy the flavor. Very much a Japanese tea flavor that I find refreshing, and I didn't detect to much bitterness with short infusions.
Looking forward to experimenting more with this tea using various steeping times and temps.
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73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma of the dry tea is straw-like, but the brewed tea is a lot more like sencha, including a hint of the characteristic seaweed-like quality. In many ways it's typical for a Japanese green tea. There are a few woody tones in the aroma but they have a very different character from the woody qualities present in some oolongs. The brewed tea is golden-green and rather cloudy. Surprisingly bitter and astringent, even when brewed at a low temperature, but this gives the tea a crisp and refreshing quality.

Brewing at a high temperature makes this tea much more bitter and significantly more astringent, but, unlike many green teas, leaves the aroma relatively intact. Although I like bitterness, I prefer brewing this tea at a lower temperature, as this one is bitter enough on its own.

I haven't had much luck making multiple infusions. If you're going to do it, make the first one briefer than 3 minutes--after 3 minutes little aroma is left and the second cup is mostly just bitter and astringent.

This tea seems a bit pricey, especially since it's not great for multiple infusions, but I have found that very little leaf (or should I say twig) is needed to brew a flavorful cup. Unless you like really strong green tea, a little of this stuff will go a long way!
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