Kukicha is a stem tea made from the stems and leaves of the tea plant. In this case, the stem tea comes from Mr. Sakamoto's tea plants, normally set aside to produce some of the finest organic Gyokuro in Southern Japan. The tea is low in caffeine compared to leaf teas, even lower than the Karigane. The organic fertilizer Mr. Sakamoto uses on his farm greatly enhances the levels of umami and sweetness in the tea, making them quite flavorful.
The flavor is beautifully umami, similar to that of the Cha Musume. The stems of the tea render it smoother and sweeter, making it a nice gentle tea to enjoy later in the day. The stems also add a nice mineral tingling feeling to the tea. The added hay flavor towards the end enhances the flavor of the tea. This is a great tea to begin exploring the world of Japanese green tea. There is a sweet umami flavor that is comparable to that of more premium teas.
Steep at 60 degrees Celsius/ 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 minutes. Can be steeped 3 times