Although this organic offering from Shanti Tea it is listed as an herbal tea on their website, Kukicha is a green tea that is made from the stems of the Camellia Sinensis. The dry tea was uniformly brown and literally looked like a bunch of tiny twigs. They had a strong nutty aroma. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 175 degree water for three minutes.The resulting liquor was deep amber in color.
This tea was toasty and sweet at the same time. There was also something else there that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Although I don’t like to eat mushrooms, that is the closest description I can come up with for the way this tea tastes. There was a hint of vanilla that added some creaminess to the flavor profile. It was just as delicious when I tried it iced. I would definitely recommend this tea.