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  • “Wow! The taste really stood out after I steeped it a little longer than before. So delicious! It reminds me of winter at an empty lodge or cabin with a fire roaring. I can't wait to have some...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Review of Roasted Kukicha (2nd steep) I have decided to make this Roasted Kukicha my day drink in order to better appreciates its nuances and because I like the taste. Kukicha is described...” Read full tasting note
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    seule771 600 tasting notes
  • “Ah, my first kukicha tea. Thanks to Dexter3657's awesome tea package! This one looks like little twigs... the same color as hojicha that I love. This one has such a low steep temp - 160 degrees...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I was running out the door to get to an audio session and realized I would need some tea (audio work is thirsty work) to lubricate my words. I grabbed this with faith that anything the Steepster...” Read full tasting note
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    Carolyn 223 tasting notes

From New Mexico Tea Company

1 TSP PER 6 OUNCE 160°F 2-3 MIN. JAPAN

Kukicha, or twig tea, is a Japanese blend of green tea made of stems, stalks, and twigs, and has a nutty, slightly creamy flavor.

Uniquely flavorful, kukicha is also one of the preferred teas of the macrobiotic diet. Kukicha can also be added to juice to make a children’s drink. Kukicha is a powerful antioxidant and is very low in caffeine, in fact the lowest in caffeine of all traditional teas.

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Wow! The taste really stood out after I steeped it a little longer than before. So delicious! It reminds me of winter at an empty lodge or cabin with a fire roaring. I can’t wait to have some more. I even let it linger in my mouth for a while to absorb all the flavor.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Review of Roasted Kukicha (2nd steep)

I have decided to make this Roasted Kukicha my day drink in order to better appreciates its nuances and because I like the taste.

Kukicha is described as twig tea, which is a Japanese blend of green tea, made of stems, stalks, and twigs and has a nutty, slightly creamy flavor.

I boiled the water much hotter, closer to full boiled. I place one heaping teaspoon of the twigs in the strainer and poured the water over the leaves into the cup. I left it to steep for five minutes. I am thinking longer steeping time will result with more aroma and nuttier in flavor.

When I removed the saucer, used as lid, from teacup I find that the tea color is a dark red and the twigs are fuller with a greenish color. The stalks/twigs were darker prior to brewing.

The longer infusion make the tea nuttier when tasting it and the air smells of the roasted aroma that I have come to associate with this Kukicha. I am thinking of a large oven baked cookie slightly on the burnt side; the longer steeps made the tea in fact sweeter and nuttier. It seems nicer somehow with the longer brew; the smokiness is not so contained in the cup or the pot of tea.

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
seule771

I finished this Kukicha today; most sad. I really enjoyed and played quite a bit with this tea. I had it by the cup with first infusion, then decided to boil the leaves straight out and longer while inhaling /sniffing it. Smelling outdoor and woodsy.

I finished the last cup by placing one of my store brand green tea bag and they mixed quite well. A roasted greener cup of tea.

Thank you Steepster for allowing me to know this tea I have come to appreciate it.

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Ah, my first kukicha tea. Thanks to Dexter3657’s awesome tea package! This one looks like little twigs… the same color as hojicha that I love. This one has such a low steep temp – 160 degrees for 2-3 minutes. I like this one, though it is very mild. It has the flavor of a very light roasty hojicha. But it also has a creamy taste. I don’t know why this can’t be steeped hotter though… as I usually steep my hojichas hotter than fresh green teas. I was curious how another hojicha blend had a cream flavor… maybe there was kukicha mixed in the blend.

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I was running out the door to get to an audio session and realized I would need some tea (audio work is thirsty work) to lubricate my words. I grabbed this with faith that anything the Steepster guys had picked out for me must be good. I wasn’t sure that it would tolerate the extra hot water, but I figured it was worth a chance.

Happily for me it tolerated the water well and was a perfect companion in the audio booth. At once soothing and clearing it enabled me to do my work in a minimum of takes. I love the mild roasted taste and the soothing tea that is neither bitter nor drying even when brewed under difficult conditions. I don’t have any more audio sessions scheduled for quite a while. If I did this tea would be my go-to tea. However it can still be my go-to tea for calming winter evenings.

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This is the last tea for me to try from November’s Steepster Select box … representative of the “Twigs” of the box’s Migration theme.

I’m loving the aroma of the dry leaf… very toasty! Not so much a smoky scent but a roasty-toasty scent.

It’s a really nice Kukicha, lightly sweet, and very lightly roasted flavor, much lighter roasty-toasty taste than the dry leaf scent would lead me to believe. A delicious Kukicha, one of the nicest I’ve tasted.

seule771

It sounds like you are holding back. It is good that you finish the November Sampler pack.

LiberTEAS

I just have a lot of teas to try, and not enough time in a day to taste as many teas as I would like. I always try all the teas in the Steepster Select boxes, it just takes me a few weeks to get to them.

ScottTeaMan

I haven’t tried this Kukicha, but I really like them. I get the feeling this is a love/hate tea.

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I have been drinking this more lately,and my Steepster pack is very low. I will probably be getting more of this very soon. Going to have to up my rating on this..

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This is green and creamy. I like it, there is also a very, very light roasted taste. Barely there. The slightly sweet creaminess is the main flavor.

I’ll have to try it a few times, but this may be a buyer.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jason

I’m glad at least one from the box is a potential buyer.

seule771

I find this tea to be very heavily roasted in flavor/aroma and the character so strong that it could be mistakenly black for a green tea. I call this a smoker’s tea; smoker’s parlor/lounge but I have not been in one. I imagine the smell would be similar to this Kukicha. Were not the wording “Roasted” there as part descriptor one could still discern smoke, wood burning, ether perhaps in the scent. It is a tea for the nose to bring those from outside into the interiors for warmth.

I would buy this tea were I to have income. For now just to enjoy the sampler is good enough. Thank you very much Jason.

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I brewed this completely wrong and it was still delicious. I never ever did get a handle on green teas, they just don’t suit my palate. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but gentle roasted sweetness is really a good descriptor. Despite reading “6 oz” as “6 min” on the package as I struggled to get my morning going, the tea didn’t get bitter, and was truly a delicious treat. I may actually even use this to start a “tea time” tradition with my kids – low temperature for impatient kiddos and pleasantly sweet on its own, right out of the pot.

Next time, I’ll try brewing it properly and maybe some of the more complex flavors will be salvaged, but quite frankly I’m already sold.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Roasted anything will win points for me. I’m loving the flavor of this one. Prior to receiving this sample I had yet to experience a twig-like tea, so I was excited to open the little pouch. Even the scent of the tea itself is lovely; a somewhat smoky, nutty fragrance. Yum.

I steeped it a little too long, because I forgot to put on my timer, but it’s still great. It’s not bitter at all, despite the oversteep, and it’s smooth and nutty. I see here that it can be mixed with juice? I must try it.

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This is really full of toasty, roasty goodness. I think this is what I keep hoping that genmaicha will be – but never quite is.
I really like this – it’s more like a roasted oolong to me than a green tea, but whatever it is -it sure is tasty. It makes me happy….

TheTeaFairy

This looks very unusual…your description of the taste makes me think of hojicha.

Dexter

It’s a lot like hojicha – so much like it that I’m not even sure I understand the difference. :))

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Well you must have done a great job at describing it for me to pick up on that :-)
I didn’t even know this tea existed…it’s all twigs!

Dexter

Yeah, the package said “Japanese Twig Tea” – dunno, but it’s good, I like it. :))

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