Karigane #22 from Tea Wing

steepsterselectdecemberTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tea Wing

Tea Description:

A blend of stems and leaves which are shaded 20 days prior to harvest. This kabuse is naturally sweet and bright with a beautiful aroma. The shaded leaves are a deep green and the steeped liquor yield has an almost “chewy” mouthfeel. Lots of flavor.

Read other Steepster thoughts on this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Karigane #22 from Tea Wing represents the third of the five teas that I’m tasting from the inaugural Steepster Select box.  (Well, it’s the first after a year plus hiatus, anyway!)

The aroma of the dry leaf is grassy, evocative of freshly cut grass.  I noticed a lot of stems and finely cut leaves, looking as though both have been finely shredded, reminding me of a Japanese Sencha.  The brewed tea smells very vegetative … and tastes vegetative too.

The flavor tastes of sweet grass and lightly buttered vegetables.  It is a strong vegetal taste, so if you’re one who tends to shy away from green teas with that strong leafy taste, this tea might not be the one for you.  Me, I like it.  It has a very clean and pure kind of flavor, and it’s pleasantly invigorating.

As the tea cools slightly, I am picking up on some creamy notes, and I find that these creamy notes develop as I continue to sip.  Maybe slightly buttery, but also … tasting of sweet cream.

The finish is agreeably sweet, and it’s a sweetness that reminds me of agave nectar!  At first I thought that maybe, somehow … I had added some agave nectar to the cup, but, since there isn’t any agave nectar in the house at the moment, I don’t know how that would have happened.

A very enjoyable cup of tea with a thick, brothy mouthfeel that complements the vegetal, creamy taste of the tea.  Another WIN from Steepster Select!  If you haven’t yet signed up for it, why not?  You should get yourself here and sign up as soon as possible!  You’ll be happy you did!

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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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