Review: Kukicha from Adagio

If you’re a fan of flavorful, grassy green teas, you might enjoy the one I am reviewing today. There’s a lot of depth to Adagio’s Kukicha green tea.


Adagio describes their kukicha as “A warm, rounded and playful green tea from Japan. Kukicha is a blend of tea leaves and tea leaf stems. The lightness of the stems translates into the cup as a sweet, white sesame seed or chestnut note. Tender quality to the texture, like soft white rice. Very balanced and, for a Japanese tea, very low in astringency.” I agree with these sentiments.

This tea is very earthy, and drinking it reminds me of being out on a hike along in a wilderness area, or near a park where the grass had just been cut. The tea is smooth. Aromatically, it has essences of the great outdoors as well.


After steeping this tea for 2 minutes, I noticed it was grassy, though not overwhelmingly so. It is also smooth and buttery with a sweetness to it, which balances out the other flavors of the tea. It’s strong and flavorful, and takes me away to a summer afternoon outside.

Let me know in the comments: what do you look for in green tea?

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