A review: Kukicha (Twig Tea) by Haiku
Tea’s color: Dark amber
Tea’s aroma is of wood burning, twigs to be specific, like when at campfire.
Tea was steep in 160farenheit water for close to five minutes.
This tea is not astringent; in fact it is quite a welcome change. It is flavorful and raw with a roasted aroma like none other. I would say tea is fuller in body in that it has a good heft to it. And the aroma is definitely of a roasted cup of tea, making one think of coffee and yet not.
This tea would do well with milk and sugar and those who like coffee and wish to switch or try something somewhat similar might like this tea for its roasted aspect.
I have tried Roasted Kukicha tea from the New Mexico Tea Company and they both have a roasted flavor. With the Roasted Kukicha being smokier in flavoring. This organic Kukicha is milder when comparing the two.
Overall, this kukicha is milder and more subdued. The roast aroma does add to the character of the tea since this is what this tea is all about; finding remnants and making use of them; the twigs in the forest, on the branch have importance as well. This tea can be had throughout the day; it is very low in caffeine.