Nio Teas Gyokuro Kukicha

Nio Teas gyokuro kukicha

This is my first tea review of 2023.

I chose a kukicha made from gyokuro stems because it’s not a tea that I drink often.

This is an organic tea from Kagoshima prefecture, sold by Nio Teas.

Let’s infuse these tea stems

I can see that this tea has a good appearance.

The stems look young, and there are tea leaves with a desirable size, shape and color.

I’ll smell them now.

It’s highly sweet, although not a creamy sweetness like a gyokuro.

Also, the aroma isn’t so vegetal nor marine. It’s mostly sweet.

After infusing a teaspoon of this tea into 60 ml (2 oz) of water at 80°C (176°F) for 1 minute, I notice that the wet leaves also have a sweet aroma.

In addition, I feel vegetal notes.

Nio Teas gyokuro kukicha brewed

So what does this clear and pale yellow liquid taste like?

It has a good dose of umami taste, not as high as a gyokuro but it is delicious nevertheless.

I can also feel the sweetness, even in the aftertaste.

Since it doesn’t have any bitterness nor astringency, it’s easy to drink.

Now I’ll make a second infusion for 40 seconds.

Less overall flavor, but still worth drinking.

To get as much flavor out of this tea’s last infusion, I used boiling water for 10 seconds.

It’s a light flavor, but at least not bitter nor astringent either.

I enjoyed this tea.

If you like green teas with good sweetness but without a powerful umami taste, this might be it.

Here’s the link to the product page.

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