I hadn’t heard of Kocha before trying this, and I must admit it was easy to quickly judge. Japan? Black tea? Can a nation that has mastered green tea really make a competitve high quality black/red? In hindsight, the answer is obviously yes. Japan accels at almost everything it touches, and Kocha is no exception.
Almost like a hybrid of Chinese red and floral oolongs, there is a buttery, nutty, almost caramel base that bears a striking resemblance to roasted chesnuts, or sugar-coated nuts, or maybe even walnuts! The tongue is left with a lovely orchid and caramel aftertaste with little astringency. I’m not sure how long Kocha has been produced, but whoever is making it clearly created something unique already. I haven’t had a bold tea quite like this before. Every sip is a delight!
Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Floral, Nuts, Walnut