Kukicha is an unusual green tea from Japan that is made from Sencha tea leaves as well as stems and stalks that are removed during the production of Sencha. As it is made with the stems, it’s also known as ‘twig tea’. The inclusion of the parts of a tea plant that are normally excluded from tea production results in a unique sweet yet grassy flavour that you are bound to love!
This Kukicha is a mixture of dark green Sencha leaves and yellowy stalky pieces that are the stems. The liquor is pale yellowy-green with a slight fragrance. The flavour is light, sweet and somewhat toasty with notes of nori and almonds. The sweetness comes from the higher sugar content of the stalks and is completely natural.
Japanese Kukicha green tea is best brewed at 80°C for 3-5 minutes, with multiple infusions. This particular tea is also very low in astringency so you can brew it for longer than normal with green tea. The resulting flavour will be more intense and sweeter.