Green Kukicha - Limited Harvest

Regular price $9.50

Style: Green

Origin: Japan

Description: This Green Kukicha (Karigane Soukun) is made from a combination of Bancha (or second-flush) tea leaf stems, twig and stalks, harvested in Spring 2022. Unlike Roasted Kukicha, this tea is steamed like a traditional green tea to halt the oxidation process and maintain its rich and varied green hues. While the tea was initially combined with twigs and stems for the sake of frugality during difficult times, this composition gives it a unique, almost fruity flavour and aroma that has become popular and well-loved in Japan and internationally.

Tasting Notes: When traditionally prepared, this tea balances both clarity and creaminess, savouriness and acidity. The first steep is slightly floral, with a muted green freshness which develops in the flavour as the cup sits. The texture is creamy and smooth, while having a direct astringent wash on the mid-palate with slightly sweet mineral notes and a frank grassy freshness. The second steep delivers a bright, clearer taste and texture, with notes of citrus blossom in the aroma. The umami notes linger at the back of the tongue. 

Brewing Instructions:

Western-style Brewing

3g per cup. 90-95ºC water. steep 2 minutes

Japanese-style Brewing 

  • First Steep - 5g per 100ml. 80ºC water. steep 1 minute.
  • Second Steep - 100ml. 90ºC water. pour immediately.

Certified Organic

Tea cultivation and processing originated in China about 5,000 years ago, and while they carry on a rich and ancient tradition of producing high-quality teas of all styles, their green varieties are truly beyond comparison. The flavour profiles, aromas, and processing techniques from each tea-growing region vary tremendously. Some become silky and smooth, while some become powerful and astringent. Whether for casual daily drinking, or for special moments of ceremony and contemplation, Chinese green teas truly nurture the soul.
The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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