NaturaliTea #10: Organic Kukicha Midori (Stem Tea)

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Asparagus, Broccoli, Hay, Honeysuckle, Perfume, Sweet, Warm Grass
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 g 34 oz / 1000 ml

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Kukicha is a type of green tea made from the tea stems. After the initial processing of tea leaves (aracha), they are then filtered, separating thee tea leaves from stems and small broken leaf bits (konacha or mecha). By collecting these sorted stems, kukicha is made.

The stems themselves have a much sweeter taste than regular sencha as the stem contains more natural sugar.

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(Quick note – I’m Western brewing this for a change as I like my Kukicha strong)

In appearance the stems are a blend of green and yellow with a high gloss/shiny reflection.
In scent I can detect sweet grass, honeysuckle, perfume and fresh hay.

Once steeped the tea is cloudy yellow in colour with a sweet yet savoury grass and sweetpea scent. Somewhat similar to it’s raw scent.

Flavour is medium in strength with buttery grass and hay tones. Soft umami that lingers in the after taste, reminds me of asparagus and broccoli. Also some dryness.

As it cools the grass tones become stronger and the umami adds some astringency.

Overall: It’s a nice Kukicha that offers a lot of crisp flavours and nice balanced umami. A little soft for my liking and not as strong as I usually prefer, though very nice all the same.

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Flavors: Asparagus, Broccoli, Hay, Honeysuckle, Perfume, Sweet, Warm Grass

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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