From the first harvest in Uji. Kabusecha is grown in the shade for 14~20 days before harvest under 45% shade, giving it characteristics of both sencha and gyokuro. A sweeter, less grassy and more vegetal, less astringent taste than regular sencha, you can definitely taste vegetive hints of gyokuro. It is easy to brew, not overly astringent, medium steamed, has a lovely green color, and is reasonably priced making it an all around versatile winner of a green tea. Although it has hints of gyokuro, be sure to brew it as you would for sencha, not gyokuro.
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- $12.73 USD
- Shipping Weight110 g
- Loose Leaf
- Ease of BrewingEasy Brewer!
- Net Weight100 g / 3.52 oz
- Growing Region100% Uji
- HarvestFirst and/or Shincha
- ShadingPartial Shading (Kabusecha)
- First infusions per Pkg22
- Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended).6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
- Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )77℃ (170℉)
- Brew Time (Seconds)90
- S.May 7, 2018, 03:56I love this tea, it has a sweet grassy flavour with a slight astringency. Its definitely more powerful than the (few) senchas I have tried. I havn't tried gyokuro yet so I can't do a comparison, but the flavour is filled with umami and is very refreshing!
I brew this at 70C for 60-90s, 70C for 30s, and 80C for 60s
- Grant GliddenNov 21, 2017, 12:07Love this tea. Very light. Lovely grassy flavor, ever so gently reminiscent of good matcha, but not at all heavy. Brews well in any of the teapots available on o-cha.com, with very little sediment. Easy to get multiple steeps, and doesn't even need to steep as long as the package suggests.
- RicardoMar 25, 2017, 05:18At first this tea did not impress me much but after adjusting the brewing parameters a few times, I started to like this Kabusecha more and more. I use 72C,75s/75,25s/80C,60s with a slightly higher leaf to water ratio than recommended (2.5g per 100ml).
It tastes milder and sweeter than your typical sencha but does not have a strong umami flavor like a gyokuro. If you prefer teas with low astringency you should try this tea. I really like the flavor although it is nothing complex and only has a few nuances. But that's okay because I see this tea more like everyday tea for a decent price.
- Andrew KongMar 24, 2017, 18:16This is my first time drinking loose-leaf green tea in the States after coming back from a trip to Japan. This is also my first time ordering from O-cha. I have heard Kabusecha is good to start off with and it clearly was. Kabusecha is forgiving when you get the temperatures and brewing times wrong. Eventually I did get it right, but it was fun experimenting with the temperatures and brewing times. With Kabusecha, you can most definitely taste the umami and sweetness. It has a very pleasant flavor that is rather mellowed out(?). The caffeine in the tea slowly "melts" on top of you and evokes such a wonderful feeling of relaxation. Awesome!
- Betty Anne NoirMar 9, 2017, 08:49This tea has a lovely sweet and refreshing taste. It provides quite a few good infusions, as long as you don't do them too long. This is what works best for me: 77C 90s / 82C 30s / 87C 45s / boiling water 90s.
- Justin EarnestNov 12, 2016, 00:44I am enjoying this as an everyday green tea. It's a very reasonably priced high-quality tea. It's a little more robust than sencha, which I like but not quite as strong as Gyokuro, so it's a really nice balance when you are looking for something with a lighter taste or something a little cheaper than Gyokuro.
- Nick HardersenJul 31, 2014, 09:51Just had my first brew of this kabusecha and it is really, really great! Kabuse does not remind me at all of gyokuro. The flavor profiles are not alike. However, this tea is not expensive and tastes amazing. I will definitely be buying it again. Like the guidelines state, 170 is the ideal temperature!
- Deborah TheseiraJun 27, 2014, 15:59I have not yet tried brewing gyokuro at home but it definitely has that rich, umami element present. Very nicely balanced with astringency to be refreshing. Light in colour and very easy to drink, my go-to green tea now.