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drank Kukicha by Boulder Tea
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Slightly bitter after taste which was disappointing. Otherwise would have been a very nice tea.

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I really enjoyed this tea. It has the flavor of fresh spinach but that’s about it. I was hoping it was a little more balanced and complex with a little sweetness and an earthier, grass taste as well. It also lacked the umami mouth feel I tend to look for too. Nontheless, I do give this a high rating because of the quality characteristics such as freshness, bright color, quality taste and the way the foam whisks up nicely after a short time. I do recommend this tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I’ve tried several selections from Boulder Tea, some I have loved and some I haven’t. I love that they offer some Korean teas, which are not common with most tea makers we get here in the US. This one was a bit of a toss up. The leaves looked mostly whole and fairly fresh. There wasn’t much of a detectable fragrance though. It was packaged in a silky satchet, very typical of higher end tea bags. I steeped this tea using 170 degree water. On finding the taste to be very mellow, I decided to keep the bag in the cup to see if it would strengthen the brew a bit.

This tea vaguely reminded me of Gyokuro but it was not quite as strong or sweet. I love a delicate green tea, as this one seems to be. Unfortunately, its downfall was that tea bags are not really the best way to prepare it. I was surprised at what a small amount of leaves was put in the tea sachet. Even after the leaves were fully expanded, there was plenty of empty space. I feel this really hurt the flavor because there wasn’t quite enough for even a modest cup of tea. It was an fairly decent tea, especially for a tea bag, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

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