KOTARO

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First harvest tea (2021)

Description

This high-grade organic fukamushi tamaryokucha comes from the first harvest of the year in May but its leaves are plucked later than for its ‘elder brother’, KOJI, and are therefore more mature.

We enjoy the fruity and sweet aroma that greets you as soon as you open the bag. A blend of yabukita and several other cultivars, KOTARO is a tea that you can drink throughout the day thanks to its low caffeine levels.

Once brewed, this tamaryokucha is sweet, with no bitterness, and packed with aroma. Its umami is subtle but unmistakable and leaves a full and round feeling in your mouth. Ready in less than a minute with 80C-degree water, KOTARO is very easy and quick to prepare.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese green tea from Oita
Quality and Type
High-grade Tamaryokucha
Organic
Yes

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
200ml /6.76oz

Temperature
80C / 176F

Brewing time
30 seconds

Reviews

Reviews

  1. iriska2903 (verified owner)

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

  2. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    An incredible tea, just perfectly balanced enough to make you try to remember the taste and come back for more.

    A sure fire winner, especially if like me you are a Tamaryokucha fan!

  3. Dave H. (verified owner)

    I am new to Tamaryokucha teas, and this one was a good entry for me. It has a lovely balance of flavors, and it stands up to multiple infusions with no trace of bitterness.

  4. Japanese Green Tea Drinker (verified owner)

    Very good tea for the price, sweet and the flavour stayed through on many steeps. The smell is incredible.

  5. vcemerin (verified owner)

    Prior to buying this tea, I have never tried tamaryokucha so I was not sure what to expect. The tea exceeded my expectations: it is very fragrant, the tasting notes are reminiscent of lemon and seaweed, while the scent evokes spring flowers. The umami is very strong as well. Definitely a tea I will buy again.

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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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KOTARO

$11$14

Clear
Earn up to 140 points.

First harvest tea (2021)

Description

This high-grade organic fukamushi tamaryokucha comes from the first harvest of the year in May but its leaves are plucked later than for its ‘elder brother’, KOJI, and are therefore more mature.

We enjoy the fruity and sweet aroma that greets you as soon as you open the bag. A blend of yabukita and several other cultivars, KOTARO is a tea that you can drink throughout the day thanks to its low caffeine levels.

Once brewed, this tamaryokucha is sweet, with no bitterness, and packed with aroma. Its umami is subtle but unmistakable and leaves a full and round feeling in your mouth. Ready in less than a minute with 80C-degree water, KOTARO is very easy and quick to prepare.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese green tea from Oita
Quality and Type
High-grade Tamaryokucha
Organic
Yes

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
200ml /6.76oz

Temperature
80C / 176F

Brewing time
30 seconds

 

 

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