A new addition to my collection of Japanese green teas that hero parts of the tea plant that could be considered by some to be by-product or lessor grade tea. It is the art of roasting karigane that we believe transforms this beautiful stemmy tea into a true delight!
Our Roasted Karigane is smooth and well-rounded produced from the stems and a small amount of first-flush sencha tea leaves. It produces a moreish umami flavour that has notes of marine and toast that can be enjoyed anytime of the day.
This is an economical introduction to Japanese green tea.
Origin: Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Flavour profile: Semi-sweet | Marine | Vegetable
Processing highlights: Our Roasted Karigane is produced using a blend of stems and veins of Gyokuro and high-grade sencha that has been gently roasted to a low level. Our refiner has also blended a small amount of first-flush sencha to round out this tea.
Harvest: Spring (May) 2019
Refiner: Kagoshima Seicha
A semi-sweet liquor that has a medium body and silky feel in the mouth. A well-balanced tea that has exhibits toast, nut, green vegetables and marine notes.
Roasted Karigane is a versatile tea for pairings. It has a good weight that making it pair nicely with seafood, rice, egg dishes, raw and lightly cooked vegetables.
Try this tea with a melon pan Japanese bread or a sticky ginger bread cake.
Leaf appearance: Vivid bright green to jade stems and a small quantity of broken needle-like green leaves
Aroma: Notes of kale and ocean air and a delicate toast aroma
Liquor colour: Clear light green- yellow