Karigane (Gyokuro Kukicha) ($11.50)
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Karigane (Gyokuro Kukicha) ($11.50)

5 of 5 Stars!5 of 5 Stars!

This has become my favorite tea offered by Den's. It's a very affordable way to experience the rich umami flavors of finer green tea. There are different brewing parameters one could use to brew karigane, but I actually prefer to brew it closer to how one would brew gyokuro, with high leaf volume and cooler water (around 130-140 degrees fahrenheit). With each additional steep, I increase the water temperature, finishing it off with a near boiling steep. I can usually get 4 to 5 flavorful steepings. The early steepings are umami-filled, while the later steepings are full of the distinctively delicious woody kukicha notes.
Date Added: 08/16/2016 by Sam Kim
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