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Asahina Karigane, Stem Tea from Gyokuro; Asahina, Shizuoka, 50g -2022 1st Harvest

Asahina Karigane - 2022 1st Harvest stem tea of Gyokuro, 50g
Origin: Asahina Valley, Okabe City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Cultivar: Yabukita
The Asahina Valley in Okabe City produces fine shaded teas such as Gyokuro and Kabuse Sencha. Karigane refers to kuki-cha (stem tea) made specifically from the stems of Gyokuro, whereas "kukicha" may refer to stem tea from sencha, or houjicha (houji-kukicha.) Infuses to a deep golden-green in the first infusion. The flavor and aroma are grassy with a slightly sweet finishing note. Full-bodied, but with very low astringency and lower caffeine content than sencha or gyokuro. More delicate and slightly sweeter than regular kukicha.