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Monk

(19 reviews)
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TJ34: Organic KuKi Cha Green Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 23rd, 2016

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 o...

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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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Kukicha from Adagio Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 17th, 2015

It tastes a lot like their sencha overture, but a little worse. While I would describe sencha overture as tasting like fresh spinach, this tastes more like canned spinach. It's more fishy, and the taste is a bit strange. The taste is also weaker and "softer". I don't dislike it, though! It's sweet, savory, and enjoyabl...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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#12 Shira-Ore Stem Tea With Matcha from Kurihara Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 10th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is so green! There are notes of cut grass, fresh spinach, and an underlying sweet nuttiness, the aroma reminds me of the smell of summer when everything is in full growth.

The first steep is delightfully mellow, not to be boring but the tea tastes pretty much exactly as it smells, no myst...

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Karigane (Gyokuro Sencha) from Den's Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2013

The aroma is delicious! Vegetal with notes of artichoke and a hint of chestnut with an underlying hint of kelp. There is also a sweetness that just mixes perfectly with the other aromas. Once brewed it takes on a woodsy aroma with oddly, a hint of lime. It certainly smells like stems and I like that.

The taste very...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Kukicha from Adagio Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2013

I really enjoyed this one. It's a little atypical for a kukicha, slightly bolder than usual.

The dry leaf smelled to me almost like a mix of a very high-quality tea and a lower-quality tea, with sweet tones, suggestive of a brothy, umami-laden green tea, mixed with a low grade sencha.

Upon brewing, I kind of get...

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ZG34: Organic China Ku-ki Cha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Kukicha – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2012

I was solidly disappointed with this one. Upton's offerings of Japanese styles of tea produced in Japan have been hit-or-miss for me; this and their Sencha were pretty poor, but their Chinese Gyokuro (ZG81) was a pleasant surprise.

Fairly twiggy, mostly stem. Too much astringency and sourness for me. I tried usin...

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Kukicha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 18th, 2011

I really love this style of tea, and I think it's hard to go wrong with it. This is not my favorite kukicha, but I like it very much. The dry leaf has a very large proportion of fine powder in it, and proportionately less stem. Accordingly, the cup brews an opaque green color, not bright like Matcha but darker and g...

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Twig Tea from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 4th, 2011

This tea is pleasing. It has a sweet aroma with a smooth, toasty and nutty flavor. similar to Hojicha but without any green vegetal taste. It is very soothing. It also is reminding me of something from my childhood, but I can’t put my finger on what it is. I think it’s a tea we used to have at a Chinese restaurant ...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Kukicha Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 22nd, 2010

Very fresh, more vegetal aroma than most kukicha I've had. Liquor is exceptionally clear, flavor is exceptionally smooth, sweet even. Less twiggy, yet also less sencha-like. Very mild, but very pleasant. Very little astringency.

This is not the most complex tea I've had, but it's certainly very balanced. Beside...

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Kathy

(5 reviews)
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Kukicha from Rishi Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

A friend who knows the owners of Rishi brewed a cup of this then gave me a sample to take home. I brewed some for friends who normally will only drink Oolong -- they loved it too.

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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TJ34: Organic KuKi Cha Green Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2010

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 s...

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Rocco

(1 review)
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Kukicha from Adagio Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

stems and bits, light ,
grassy, sweet. exuberamt.
lots of fun to drink.

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