Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Aiya
Nothing is wasted as the stems are thoroughly removed from organically grown Gyokuro and Sencha. Not only will you enjoy the sweet aroma and crisp flavor with refreshing aftertaste, you will also be drinking the most environmentally friendly tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
Having previously tried and reviewed Aiya’s conventionally grown Kukicha – and loving that – I was pretty sure I’d like this Organic Kukicha Green Tea from Aiya as well. I have enough confidence in this company to know that whatever I try from them, I’m probably going to like. All the teas I’ve tried from them thus far have been stellar.
And this is a REALLY good Kukicha. It might very well be the best Kukicha that I’ve tried to date. It has a really fresh, lush taste to it. It tastes to me like it was just picked! Not that I’ve had experience with “just picked” tea, so when I say this, I mean to say that the flavor tastes extraordinarily fresh.
The aroma of the dry leaf reminds me of the first grass cutting in spring. After a long, cold winter, the new buds of grass offer such a fresh, sweet fragrance, and after that first mowing … the air is so exhilarating! That’s what I experienced when I opened my package of this tea. The bouquet does taper after brewing, but I can still smell some of that fresh, grassy scent.
I love the flavor of this. It tastes so vibrant and yet it casts a calming effect over me as I sip it. It is a very relaxing tea to drink. It tastes light, sweet, and grassy, and it has a slightly astringent tail. Similarly to the previously reviewed Kukicha from Aiya, I find this to be more savory than sweet.
However, unlike the previously reviewed Kukicha, I notice fewer nutty tones here and more floral and even some fruity tones to this. The fruit and flower notes are somewhat distant and do not intrude upon the sweet yet savory grassy tones, instead, they peek through the grass and hint at their flavors, teasing the palate.
It is very refreshing as it washes over the palate. I can feel my palate feeling renewed as I sip this. It’s an excellent kukicha – and I love that its organic!
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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