Shimizu-En Kukicha

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“A hug in a cup” is one way I’ve heard Kukicha described. Warm, delicate, sweet, comfortable. A cup that’s likely to take your heart along with your senses. It certainly did for the husband of Yumiko, the 17th generation daughter of the family who runs Shimizu-en. In Japanese tradition, it’s usually the wife that goes and joins the husband’s business, but in this case the quality of the tea was too much to leave (sorry for the pun).

In fact, it’s a minor miracle we are even able to bring Shimizu-en to you. The company has no website, no distribution, nothing. They just have a small shop in front of the tea garden and they sell out every year. The tea has been recognized multiple times nationally—no small feat for a company that only employs family members and picks most of its entire plantation by hand.

Kukicha is a very unique kind of tea, made from the stems and twigs of the tea plants. What began as ruthless Japanese efficiency has led to a tasting experience that had the entire Hisabo team saying ‘Wow’. This tea is a hands-down winner. Delicate and floral on the nose, once you take a sip you’ll taste a sweetness quite unlike anything you’ve had before. It will have you going back and trying different brewing times just to tweak the exact amount of sweet and grassy that you want. And it will definitely take your heart.

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As I explained in my full-length review of this tea: Hisabo is a tea company that operates a little differently from other online tea shops. They don’t actually operate an e-commerce type of site with a shopping cart or the like, instead, when they have a tea to offer, they send out emails to those on their mailing list and tell you what’s available, and it’s only available for a very limited time. (I don’t think that this Shimizu-En Kukicha is available any longer!)

This is a lovely green Kukicha. It has a light and refreshing flavor, and a very tasty, nutty flavor. I enjoyed more of this the other night, and I found myself wanting to just curl up with it – I love that warm nutty flavor. It’s so soothing and comforting.

it resteeps well too.

An excellent quality Kukicha. I highly recommend signing up for their mailing list.


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