Ingredient: Organic Gyokuro (parts used: stem)
Hot: Use 1 tsp. per 8 oz of water of 100 – 120° F. Steep 1-2 minutes. For second & third brew, use 175-185° F water and steep 10 seconds.
Iced: For instructions on how to make a delicious cold brew click here.
Net Weight: 100g/3.53 oz
Storage: Packaged in a resealable pouch. Reseal pouch after getting out as much air as possible, and store in a cool dry place away from any direct sunlight. For more information on storage click here.
Regular Price: $24.95
This tea provides a healthy sip that offers unique flavors which are at the same time familiar. A must-have for any tea lover.
The flavor is rich, yet delicate; with a silky sweetness being present throughout, and light earthy, vegetal notes, reminiscent of steamed green beans – finishing with a light, satiny mouthfeel. When brewed at higher temperatures for longer durations of time, the flavor is richer, with notes of dewy, steamed spinach or perhaps kale, butter drizzled over white corn, a delightful wisp of astringency without bitterness; finishing with a lightly sweet, velvety mouthfeel. It gives the feeling of beach combing over driftwood with a cup of tea in hand.
The aroma of the dry leaf is sweet and fragrant, with dreamy notes of creamed vegetables and buttered biscuits; transporting one to fond memories of family gatherings and holiday feasts around the dinner table. When brewed at 140° for 2 minutes the aroma of the wet leaf is savory, sweet, and deeply vegetal, like summer sweet peas. Brew at 160° for 2 minutes and the aroma of the leaf will be richer with deep, savory vegetal notes, both buttery and a little sharp, hinting at an almost citrusy edge.
The dry leaves are beautiful and vivid, showing lush shades of forest green which displays the high quality of the tea stems used, and the care taken in their production by Tea Master Sakamoto. His teas are known for the qualities derived from his intensive process of soil crafting and shading, both of which contribute to the complexity of flavors found in each brew.
This vitamin and antioxidant rich tea contains high levels of L-theanine, which helps to buffer the effects of caffeine to provide a focused boost. L-theanine is also known for its neuroprotective properties. In addition, Karigane contains a range of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that help promote overall wellness.
Adding a touch of sweetener brings out a rich dewiness and an almost cakey, sweet aroma. A dash of honey allows for warm, sweet notes to flourish. While there are many ways to enjoy this lovely, organic Karigane, the best way is your own.
It makes for a delightful cold brew as well, which will also ensure that more of its health benefits are delivered since you aren’t “cooking” the leaf. Using this brewing method, the tea develops notes of browned butter, starchy vegetables, and sea grasses; with a sweetness that sits on the back and sides of the tongue, finishing with a full, crisp, yet velvety mouthfeel.
KARIGANE uses the same lively leaf as Matcha shown in this short but fascinating video: