Organic China Ku-ki Cha - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly ZG34.

Picture of Organic China Ku-ki Cha
Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Kukicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 9, 2018

Commercial Description

Produced in the style of Japanese Ku-ki Cha, this tea is composed of leaf bits, stalks, and stems of the tea plant. Because most of these components are not typically used in the manufacture of tea, this item has a unique flavor profile. The cup is mild, smooth and sweet, and has a lower level of caffeine than traditional teas.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 180ºF, 3 min.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic40 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
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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 using more leaf, a shorter brewing time, and a lower temperature, in an attempt to reduce the astringency, but the result was similar. Aroma is a bit flat...actually resembles the low grade of some Chinese pan-fired green teas more than it does a steamed Japanese tea to me.

Not that exciting to me. Among my least favorite of kukichas that I've tried. I'd recommend Upton's TJ34, a kukicha produced in Japan, except they are out of stock.
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