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Create Your Own Personalized Flavor of Tea

How to Blend Konacha and Karigane
Many people who drink tea may find that they have their own individual preference for tea flavor. Some like their tea strong and astringent, while others may like a sweet, mellow flavor, or maybe a balance of both sweet and astringent. You may also find that certain flavors of tea pair well with different foods, or that you like one type of tea in winter and another in summer. It all depends on your individual preference. One way to create a flavor of tea, tailored to your own preference is by creating a blend of Konacha and Karigane, and then modifying the ratio, brewing time and perhaps water temperature.

Konacha is a natural byproduct of the traditional method of Japanese green tea production and thus it is an excellent value, much like Karigane. Especially high grade Konacha and Karigane sorted from highest grade Japanese tea have excellent flavor. It enhances and deepens the enjoyment of Konacha to blend Karigane with Konacha, because both flavors and brewing times are different despite the fact that both are teas of excellent value. Of course, both Konacha and Karigane should be sorted from high grade Japanese tea. For example, if you try Kukicha, which is made from stems and veins sorted from low grade Sencha and lower grade Konacha, it does not please the palate because the original tea source is neither excellent value nor flavor.

Ideal brewing times for Konacha and Karigane are different. Konacha brewing time is less than half that of Karigane. And the brewing time for Karigane is the same as typical Japanese green teas, Sencha or Gyokuro. So, you can enjoy the unique flavor with each infusion of Konacha. The first infusion flavor is relatively high proportion of Konacha, and the second and the third infusions are high proportion of Karigane. The tea will change in flavor with each brew.

To avoid too strong flavor, try brewing the first infusion for shorter time, similar to the Konacha brewing time. To brew rich flavor of Karigane fully, brew the second and the third infusion for longer time, similar to the Karigane brewing time.

We recommend blending Gyokuro Konacha with Gyokuro Karigane, and Sencha Konacha with Sencha Karigane. Especially it is quite elegant and unique flavor to blend Gyokuro Koncha Super Premium and Gyokuro Karigane Super Premium.

For blending ratio, we recommend starting with 50%:50%. Then you can modify the ratio and brewing time until you find your ideal flavor. It is a unique method to tailor your tea to suit your own individual taste preference.

Tea leaves of Konacha

Tea leaves of Karigane

Water color of special blended tea is midway
between Konacha and Karigane.

Konacha Items: Now Available!

All items below are limited edition of 600 packages each ONLY AVAILABLE this early spring season.
[Limited] Gyokuro Konacha Super Premium (100g/3.53oz): US$18.00 (Now Available)
Gyokuro Konacha Super Premium is an excellent value. Because it is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of only the highest quality Gyokuro, such as Gyokuro Pinnacle, Super Premium, Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle, and Super Premium, you can have the finest quality for a fraction of the cost...
[Limited] Gyokuro Konacha (200g/7.06oz): US$25.00 (Now Available)
Made from premium Gyokuro specks and tiny tea leaves, Gyokuro Konacha has a unique and delicately sweet flavor. Gyokuro Konacha is an excellent value. Because it is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of only high quality Gyokuro...
[Limited] Sencha Konacha (200g/7.06oz): US$18.00 (Now Available)
Made from premium Sencha specks and tiny tea leaves, Sencha Konacha has a unique and delicately sweet flavor. Sencha Konacha is an excellent value. Because it is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of only high quality Sencha...

Karigane Teas: Now Available!

[Limited] Gyokuro Karigane Super Premium (40g/1.41oz): US$18.00 (Now Available)
Limited edition of 450 packages available only in early spring this year.
Gyokuro Karigane Super Premium is an excellent value. Because it is made from the stems and veins of the only highest-quality Gyokuro, such as Gyokuro Pinnacle and Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle, you can have the quality of Premium for a fraction of the cost...
Gyokuro Karigane Premium (100g/3.53oz): US$22.00
Gyokuro Karigane Premium which is made from the stems of highest grade Gyokuro is very valuable and precious. You can enjoy the excellent flavor of high grade Gyokuro at an affordable price...
Gyokuro Karigane Superior (200g/7.06oz): US$28.00
Gyokuro Karigane Superior which is made from the stems of high grade Gyokuro is valuable and precious. The stems are called Karigane, and only account for about 5 to 10% of all tea leaves...
Sencha Karigane (200g/7.06oz): US$23.00
Sencha Karigane Premium which is made from the stems of high grade Sencha is valuable and precious. Karigane contains much Theanine which is the source of its sweet and mellow taste...
Houjicha Karigane (200g/7.06oz): US$19.00
Houjicha Karigane is made from the stems of high grade tea leaves and roasted in the same way as standard Houjicha. The flavor is deeply sweet and roasted, which is quite unique among Japanese tea...
[Limited] Houjicha Karigane Super Premium (100g/3.53oz): US$16.00 (Now Available)
The stems contained in this tea are usually used for Sencha Karigane, not Houjicha Karigane. Stems from the highest grade Matcha are added in order to create the unique noble aroma...
Karigane Tea Tasting Set (each 100g/3.53oz x 3): US$35.00
Karigane is made from the stems of Gyokuro and high grade Sencha. We combined three valuable Karigane items: Gyokuro Karigane Superior, Sencha Karigane, and Houjicha Karigane...

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