Another Japanese green from my order from raku-cha. I used my default green tea steeping: two and a half minutes in water at 75-80C and it seemed to be about right for this tea. It has a bit of a grassy aroma, similar to other Japanese teas, but it’s not overpowering. It produces a bright yellow brew and the taste’s really not bad – plenty of flavour but a lot less earthy and woody than I was prepared for. I actually like this one quite a lot. All in all, it was a pleasant surprise.
Kukicha (twig tea) – consists of the pale green stems and stalks of the tea plant removed during the production of sencha and gyokuro. A very light yellow-green brew.
Flavour: Light (slightly creamy), with fresh green aroma.
Feature: Light refreshing taste making it popular as a morning tea. Very low in caffeine. A preferred tea of the macrobiotic diet.