Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tea Review: Kuki Cha (Sugimoto America)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 11

Kuki Cha
Sugimoto America
Type:  Green
Origin:  Japan, Shizuoka
Product Description:  Premium Kuki Cha made of young tea stems harvested in spring. Packaged in a re-sealable foil pouch, this economically-sized package can be used by tea drinkers for fresh daily enjoyment.

Kuki Cha is made of young twigs separated during the Sen Cha refining process. Twigs have a natural sweetness, making Kuki Cha a beloved beverage of many tea drinkers in Japan because of its unique, pleasant flavor.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of fresh cut grass, cooked edamame (soy bean), and cocoa powder.

The infusion is green and golden with an aroma that is green, savory, and salty marine.  The taste is smooth with low astringency, grassy green with notes of nuts and savory cooked edamame, and a refreshing green finish.

I was able to get three nice infusions from one serving of this tea.  The second infusion tended greener in color and flavor with a hint of astringency coming through, while the third infusion had a light, clean, green flavor.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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