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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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Shimizu-En Kukicha Tea from Hisabo Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Hisabo – this special link will not only sign you up for their newsletter but also qualify you for special pricing for our readers!  By subscribing to the newsletter, you can get in on their limited edition teas! Tea Description: “A hug in a cup” is one way I’ve heard Kukicha described. Warm, delicate, sweet, comfortable. A cup that’s likely to take your heart along with your senses. It certainly did for the husband of Yumiko, the 17th generation daughter of the family who runs Shimizu-en. In Japanese tradition, it’s usually the wife that goes Read More

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Organic Kukicha Green Tea from Aiya

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Aiya Tea Description: 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. Taster’s Review: 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 Read More

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Kukicha Green Tea from Aiya

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Aiya Tea Description: Kukicha literally means “stem tea” and is made from different varieties of tea stems. Aiya’s Kukicha is a blend of stems from Gyokuro and Sencha. Most of Kukicha available in the market is made by stems from 100% Sencha, however, Aiya’s Kukicha is adding more than 50% of Gyokuro stems for more natural sweetness and rich aroma. Taster’s Review: I fell in love with this Kukicha Green Tea from Aiya as I was pouring the liquid into my teacup … the aroma brought to mind freshly steamed spinach.  Perhaps Read More

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Yuzu Kukicha Tea Blend from Chado Tea House

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Chado Tea House Tea Description: YUZU is a citrus fruit that Japanese people enjoy its aroma. Yuzu is closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange, however the aroma is different and sorry that it is hard to describe. Yuzu zest is used to garnish some dish and commonly used as seasoning. We found a harmony in Kukicha with Yuzu aroma.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This Yuzu Kukicha Tea Blend from Chado Tea House is ah-maz-ing!  The aroma is remarkable.  It smells citrus-y … like Read More