IKKI

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Description

This high-grade kukicha or shiraore is a great offering from Nakayama-san in Higashi-Sonogi. IKKI’s bright green liquor is filled with refreshing citrus notes with hints of steamed asparagus and barley. This tea can be enjoyed throughout the day, as a nice afternoon tea, or a refreshing cold brew or iced tea.

Sweet price for a 100g bag. 

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Higashi-Sonogi
Quality and Type
High-Grade Shiraore
Organic 
No

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
8g /0.28oz

Water quantity
180ml /6.09oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
60s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. John Schutt (verified owner)

    I drink this every night before I go to bed. It puts me into a nice peaceful state of mind and has actually improved my quality of sleep. The umami of this tea is wonderful and actually coats the inside of my mouth. I also get a nice floral note on the latter steep that is quite pleasant.

  2. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    Steeped this jewel as per instruction 3 times in 200 ml of water. First steeping made me kind of eye-opened, second was 30sec and had quite a mellow aroma, then third steeping for a bit more than 60sec, and after it i became as we say here calm as an elephant. Was enough quantity for 3 male elephants 🙂 As for the taste i found it a bit bittery compared to regular kukicha i used to drink.

  3. monix (verified owner)

    I’ve been waiting for this kind of tea.So pleased to be able to cold brew.And multiple times the same amount.The taste is great and as expected.I’m very pleased that each product is described in so many details.It helps a lot as I am a beginner and need to know how to choose according to what I expect in the taste.Great job also in how you inform us about the brewing process.

  4. Ann (verified owner)

    Absolutely incredible. Fragrant, very favourful, and very good for multiple infusions.

  5. Diana Forero (verified owner)

    This tea is amazing. Not only does it taste great with fantastic umami (a very savory, unique flavor that my wife says tastes like chicken broth), it feels like a hug for your brain. It is absolutely a wonderful way to help you unwind and relax from all of the daily stressors you face in life. I’m so glad I found this tea.

  6. Riley Bingham (verified owner)

    The perfect low-caffeine anytimer. As delicious as it is affordable.

  7. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    This is a good candidate for a daily drinker, especially in the afternoon since the caffeine effect is more limited. Nice, fresh enjoyable tea.

  8. Nichmenichyou (verified owner)

    Great for any time of the day!
    Refreshing and Low caffeine.

  9. Robert Kim (verified owner)

    This is my favorite loose tea from Ikkyu. I enjoy smelling the tea before brewing. It has the sweetest smell from any tea I know. I can probably smell in for hours 🙂 Once brewed, it still retains its sweetness. There are other wonderful flavors I taste but hard to describe. It is even better drinking at room temperature.

  10. Daniel Wichmann (verified owner)

    Sweet, smooth and refreshing taste besides a low caffeine content; perfect for late brews. In addition, a decent price for a good amount of tea!

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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IKKI

$12$15

Clear

Description

This high-grade kukicha or shiraore is a great offering from Nakayama-san in Higashi-Sonogi. IKKI’s bright green liquor is filled with refreshing citrus notes with hints of steamed asparagus and barley. This tea can be enjoyed throughout the day, as a nice afternoon tea, or a refreshing cold brew or iced tea.

Sweet price for a 100g bag. 

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Higashi-Sonogi
Quality and Type
High-Grade Shiraore
Organic 
No

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
8g /0.28oz

Water quantity
180ml /6.09oz

Temperature
70C / 158F

Brewing time
60s

 

 

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