Karigane is a type of Kukicha, that is a tea made up of stems, rather than leaves. While it used to be the case that Karigane meant the stems came from plants used to make Gyokuro, these days the name used has more to do with the region the tea comes from. Add “Shiraore” into the mix and you have three different names for a stem tea. Whichever type of Kukicha you choose, the quality of the harvest will determine the quality of the tea. The stalks for this teas come from the first harvest of the year in Mie Prefecture in early May. After steaming the leaves (chu-mushi) and further processing, the leaves are divided into the fine leaves which go to make the Mie Tokoujou Sencha and the stems, which are used for this Karigane.
OriginMie, Honshu, Japan
FlavoursSweet, slightly vegetal
From controlled organic cultivation