Organic Kukicha from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Description:

Kukicha is a traditional beverage in Japan that is made from the roasted stems and leaves of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis).  Stems and leaves are harvested in late fall from carefully selected aged plants and dry roasted in giant cast iron caldrons.  This process delivers a rich roasted flavor and aroma.   Our Kukicha is certified organic and is much lower in caffeine than tea leaves and buds because it is comprised of mainly twigs and stems.  Kukicha is also perfect for blending with any of our black, green or oolong teas for an interesting twist. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious Kukicha, rich with roasty-toasty flavor!

I’ve had many different types of Kukicha, ranging from green Kukicha, light roasted Kukicha and even dark roasted Kukicha, along with several other roasted grades that fell somewhere between the two extremes.  But, I think that my favorite are the darker roasted Kukicha like this one.  I just love its sweet, toasted flavor – it is so warm and comforting.

The flavor is sweet and nutty, with a lovely smoked tone in the distance.  It doesn’t taste overly smoky, but the smoked notes add a pleasing dimension to the cup.  The deep roasted flavor reminds me a bit of coffee, but without the coffee bitterness.

This Kukicha has a very soothing quality as well, I can feel it calm and relax me as I sip it.  Overall, a very enjoyable cup.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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