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This is my first karigane (gyokuro-based kukicha), and it is a very interesting, enjoyable tea. The word ‘tart’ is a perfect descriptor. There’s a bit of the sweetness and strong flavor of gyokuro, but the tartness is one of the main flavors. I don’t think I’ve had any tea like it before, actually.

Regular kukicha (sencha-based leaf twigs), which I very much enjoy, is quite different from this. Though there may be some tartness in kukicha, I seem to remember it being sweeter, with a strong aroma.

Anyway, this is a great tea if you want sencha or gyokuro, but something a little different. It’s enjoyable and hard to mess up (even at hot temps it hasn’t become bitter).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
sherubtse

I think I have some of this in the fridge. It’ll be interesting to compare your experiences with mine.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Shinobi_cha

Yes, for sure, let me know what you think. I think I’ve found that I enjoy it more (as O-cha recommends) at hotter temps.

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sherubtse

I think I have some of this in the fridge. It’ll be interesting to compare your experiences with mine.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Shinobi_cha

Yes, for sure, let me know what you think. I think I’ve found that I enjoy it more (as O-cha recommends) at hotter temps.

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