Marushige Shimizu Tea Farm: Karigane Leaf Stem Green Tea from Mie

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves, Tea Twigs
Flavors
Citrus, Grass, Umami, Vegetal, Wood
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “This tea has a great balanced flavour, which develops nicely over different steeps. A nice little surprise are the hidden woody flavours which are rarely found in green teas. I suppose these might...” Read full tasting note
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Grown and processed by the Shimizu family of Suizawa, Mie Prefecture, this premium kukicha, or karigane, leaf stem tea is made from the stems and smaller leaf bits of the Shimizu family’s kabusecha.

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This tea has a great balanced flavour, which develops nicely over different steeps. A nice little surprise are the hidden woody flavours which are rarely found in green teas. I suppose these might originate from the use of harder twigs as well as stems.

1st steep, 68°C, 60 sec: Umami and sweet notes dominate.

2nd steep, 72°C, 30 sec: Umami and sweetness still present, but the soup is more clouded and viscous with vegetal notes coming to the fore. Very nice mouthfeel.

3rd steep, 78 °C, 60 sec: Astringent and citrus notes appear, but do not dominate.

4th steep, 85 °C, 120 sec: The taste profile is the flattest with surprisingly mild astringency. Citrus notes seem to be the most present, especially in the aftertaste.

Overall, I am impressed.

(Out of curiosity, I also went for 5th steep, 90 °C, 240 sec. As expected, the tea doesn’t have much to offer there. This last brew is somewhat bitter and grassy, but not particularly enjoyable.)

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Umami, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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