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Yamane-en: Sugabou, Gyokuro Karigane Houjicha Green Tea from Yunomi

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Yunomi Tea Description: Stems of high grade tea is called karigane 雁音. By roasting these stems in an iron pot, it becomes Karigane Houjicha. This particular product uses gyokuro tea stems from Uji, Kyoto. This karigane houjicha is roasted in an iron pot over strong heat. Only the surface of the stems are roasted, retaining the flavor of the tea itself, because the inner part of the stem is not roasted. Both the strong aroma and taste of tea can be enjoyed. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: When I first Read More

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Karigane #22 from Tea Wing

Tea 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 Read More

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Blueberry Green Kukicha from Frontier Co-Op

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Frontier Co-Op Product Description: Enjoy this wonderful Japanese organic karigane (green kukicha stem) tea combined with flash freeze-dried organic blueberries. Fresh fruity vegetal flavors deliver very low caffeine content in a satisfying, healthy tea that also happens to help satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Taster’s Review: This is an interesting tea. The dry leaf (err… stem?) has a scent that is similar to freshly cut grass and blueberry.  It is a very pleasant fragrance.  Once brewed, the aroma of the tea is different.  It still smells of blueberry, but instead of the grassy scent, Read More