Kukicha

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Picture of Kukicha
Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Kukicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Kukicha

This tea's info last updated: Oct. 11, 2009

Commercial Description

Green tea from Japan that is an unusual combination of green leaves and thin white twigs. Twigs you say? Yes, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results. A sweet infusion with herbal overtones and welcome hints of chestnuts. When feeling adventuresome, please give our 'Kukicha Baton' tea a try. And revel in its unique, playful taste.

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(16 reviews) on

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 enjoyable overall.

Very relaxing, and apparently kukicha has no caffeine.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(1396 reviews) on

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 the same thing. This doesn't taste or smell like a typical kukicha: it's much deeper and richer, and has less of the grassy and twiggy quality.

I actually find it very pleasant. Quite bold flavor, but if brewed too strongly (the recommended 2 minutes was too much) leaves a strong astringency on the palate, especially around the back of the throat.

I strongly preferred using less leaf and a shorter infusion, starting with 1 minute. This greatly diminished the astringency. I followed this by a 2.5 minute infusion. There's still a little flavor left in the leaves but I avoided a third cup because it had a slightly soapy aroma.

The price is really reasonable! I like this much more than Adagio's sencha overture, and it's much cheaper! Not the best green tea, but good value and very enjoyable, I could see regularly drinking and enjoying this one. I also liked how I felt after drinking it.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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stems and bits, light ,
grassy, sweet. exuberamt.
lots of fun to drink.
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