Review: Maeda-en Kuki-Cha Twig Tea With Matcha

Green Tea, Japanese Tea, Kukicha Tea, Maeda-en Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Kukicha fortified with Matcha, which is almost as good as other fortified products of the less than sobriety inducing variety."
Troy’s Teaview: 8/10
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maedakukichaI have finally finished the entire sample i was sent, so I suppose nows as good a time as any to write up my thoughts on the matter. Actually 6pm would have been a much better time, but for whatever reason I'm often inspired to write closer to midnight. Maybe it just takes the cumulative effects of an entire days tea drinking to get my mental juices flowing.

I suppose its a testament to the uniquely Japanese dedication to perfection and accuracy that their teas are so difficult to properly review. There is often only a variation in quality to separate one from another, the mainstays of Sencha, Gyokuro, and Bancha are in many ways just different grades of the same style of tea. The only real distinctions are HojiCha (roasted Bancha), GenMaiCha (Sencha or Bancha with roasted rice), and Kuki-Cha (largely tea twigs with a small, and variable, amount of leaf matter).

This is one of those, slightly less than traditional, Matcha fortified blends, rich with small yellow stems that appear clean and well dried. The cup brews up a nice opaque green for the first steep, showing the stronger vegetable flavors missing in the more popular Japanese blends, but finishing off with a nice smooth grassy twist from the Matcha. Maeda-en is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants something with a little more body, but isn't quite wanting a sometimes over-powering Chinese Green tea.

— To purchase Maeda-en Kuki-Cha Twig Tea With Matcha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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