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The first time I had this tea, I was blown away by how much flavor it had for a stem tea. With most stem teas, the stems take away from the flavor, making it less intense and less savory, but in this karigane, the stems only add to the flavor. This tea is almost like a gyokuro, but instead of a powerful savory flavor, you instead get a nice light fruitiness. When you cold brew the tea, it takes on a beautiful milky color and the flavor is incredibly sweet and fruity. It’s teas like this that I can drink all day!

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Flavors: Cucumber, Grass, Smooth, Sweet, Warm Grass

140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Hmm, I have received a sample quite long ago. But week or so ago I have received an e-mail from the company how I liked it. Honestly I have to say I forgot a bit about this one and I can not remember it much. So I took it once again (few last leaves) and writing this review.

If you are reading this Will – it is because of you! (No offence)

On small resealable bag (as just a sample) there is 60°, 1-1.5 min. I had to buy a thermometer as I don´t want to ruin tea like this one. So, first steep – 1.25 min, 58°C or something, 1 tea spoon, 250 ml mug, ball strainer. (I need a proper teaware)

Appearance: cloudy, light green, with lots of “dust” of tea, I guess my strainer mesh is not fine enough. So it looks bit like matcha on the bottom.

Aroma and taste: Honestly, very complex. Spinach, flowers, lots of Umami. Aromas are almost same, but add a freshly cut grass. It also smells like meadow.

Ahh, I think I love it! (Keeping 100 for something really extra)

Let´s make second brew now.


Second brew is very similar: Color is more vivid, so does tastes and aromas.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Spinach, Sweet, Umami

140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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