Hey there, tea drinkers! I hope you’re having a great weekend. Today’s post is another The Taste of Tea entry in which I’ll relay my tea-tasting journal entry for the Tsugumi Roasted Kukicha tea from High Garden Woodland Tea House and Sipping Apothecary in Nashville, TN. I purchased some of this tea on a previous visit to High Garden’s shop. I’ve had a few different Hojicha and green Kukicha teas, but this is the first roasted Kukicha I’ve had, so I was excited to give it a taste.

Type of Tea: Green Tea (roasted), loose

Tasting Notes 

Dry tea: The scent emanating from the package was sweet and herby with some roasted notes. The scent also had a slight medicinal quality, similar in quality to a Hojicha (also a roasted green tea). The tea itself was quite woody and appeared to be mostly stems, sticks, and veins; the colors were all shades of brown, and the tea reminded me a bit of mulch.

Preparation: 1 heaped teaspoon in approximately 170 mL (5.8 oz) of freshly boiled water at approximately 95-100 C (203-212 F) water for 30 seconds

I warmed the teapot and added the dry tea to help further activate its scent. The activated scent had a low sweetness, elements of roasted nuts, and a mild herbiness that was just ever so slightly medicinal in quality.

Tea liquor: After infusing, the scent coming off of the liquor was light, but had similar elements as the dry tea’s scent. The color of the liquor was a brownish-orange, sort of light honey-like, color.

The tea liquor had a warm flavor, but not really a spicy warm flavor. It was somewhat astringent. The tea also a lightly sweet finish that was accompanied by a slow dryness. Overall, the flavor was a little light, but it had a roastiness and a mild nuttiness; these flavors were complemented by a mild medicinal herbiness. There was also bit of a an earth, or somewhat metallic, quality.

Quick Summary

  • Tea: Tsugumi roasted kukicha, roated green tea
  • Origin: Japan
  • Retailer: High Garden
  • Flavor Notes: roastiness, nuttiness, herbiness
  • Finish: lightly sweet with a slow dryness an a touch of minerality

Final Thoughts: To me this tea’s warm and toasty flavors tasted pretty much like other Hojicha that I’ve had. And I love a good Hojicha, so that makes this tea a great addition to my collection of roasted green teas.

Thanks for reading! As always, these are my tasting notes, and your experience will likely differ from mine. But regardless, I hope this post inspires you to get out there and to keep trying new teas. And I encourage you to make your own tasting notes as you do!

Do you have any tasting notes of your own that you’d like to share? Or maybe you have a tea you think I should try? Drop a line down in the comments to let me know.

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That’s it, tea drinkers. Until next time, keep enjoying the wondrous taste of tea! — Blake – the tea drinker behind Blake’s Tea Journal

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