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Citrus Zest, Cut grass
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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Kukicha is made from the twigs of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.

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I’m drinking this now since it’s low in caffeine. Its good but I don’t totally love roasted twig tea in general.


I’ve only had a couple Kukicha teas, but not this one. How are you brewing it Amy? I always brew it somewhere close to 170-175 degrees, and steep it about 3.5 minutes. Was it bitter for you?


Hheehee….I just went back and reread your first reviw of the tea. :))~

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I love this tea. It has a very VERY smooth taste. I really can’t compare it to anything else. It has a slight chocolate/nutty aroma and never becomes bitter or too strong.

In fact, to really release some of the flavour from the twigs, I bring water + the twigs to a boil. I let it all boil for about 2 minutes, remove the kukicha twigs, and then let it cool off.

You can easily infuse these twigs 3-4 times.

Boiling 8 min or more

Shane 元気, I am trying to find out the difference between kukicha and green kukicha by Tao of Tea. Is there a huge difference? I would very much appreciate any information you may have. Thank you.

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Hey Lauren, I haven’t had the chance to try the green kukicha yet. I will ask my tea connoisseur for some help.


That would be lovely! Thank you very much! I was researching on wikipedia about kukicha and it really caught my eye. I saw your post and thought that you may be of help to me. Thanks!

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Hey again, no luck on my end. Looks like we may have to be the first to try it and post it on steepster!


Thanks for trying to find out! I ended up ordering both the kukicha and the green kukicha from The Tao of Tea and once I try them both, I will post my experiences.

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So this was a new experience for me. I now understand the whole ‘chocolate notes’ thing. It was a pretty smokey taste with a chocolatey after taste. I am pretty sure I enjoyed it, haha. I think I will have to try it a couple more times, maybe make the water a little hotter.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Off the bat, this tea smells like fresh cut grass. I get the light chocolate taste listed on the label and that others have identified (it has a little bit of earthiness somewhere in the middle), but it’s mostly about the elegant, citrusy quality for me. It’s a fine, delicate tea with bright notes.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Cut grass

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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15 tasting notes

Why does it taste like wood? Oh wait… I really tried to like this one, but I guess it’s not for my palate.

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