Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tea Review: Tsubame Kukicha (Obubu)

Tsubame Kukicha
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Wazuka
Product Description: Medium bodied with a mild aftertaste, Tsubame has a dark sweetness with notable flavors of licorice, bark, and molasses. Pale yellow in color, Tsubame has a leafy aroma with hints of caramel. Made from the stems of the Summer harvest Tencha leaves used to produce our kitchen grade Matcha, this tea is a bit hardier and more resilient than the other unroasted Kukichas.

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

The dry leaves have a green aroma with notes of sweet licorice, wood, and flowers.

The infusion is light yellow-green with an aroma of green cooked vegetables, wood, and a hint of butter.  The taste contains notes of licorice, wood, and soybeans with no astringency.

While I enjoyed the results with the water temperature at 175° F, this kukicha is also nice and a little bolder at higher temperatures up to 185° F. Subsequent infusions are slightly less complex, though still enjoyable.

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