Ayame Kabuse

Tea type
Green Tea
Green Tea Leaves
Grass, Pine, Spinach, Vegetal, Butter, Freshly Cut Grass, Umami, Earth, Bitter, Broccoli, Seaweed, Wet Moss, Dry Grass, Marine, Salty, Corn Husk, Salt
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170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 9 oz / 256 ml

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A beautifully deep and aromatic Kabuse from Yame, Japan. Ayame has beautiful, glossy jade green leaves. Made from the gokoh varietal, this complex tea has little astringency and a fresh aroma and taste. Expect deep marine notes coupled with forest pine, clover and a rich savory mouth-feel. Deep green color.

Yame, Fukuoka

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13 Tasting Notes

115 tasting notes

This is the type of green tea I really like. It’s got a great mouthfeel and has a lot of complex flavor packed into each sip. It’s got a corn-like flavor that I associate with lots of quality green teas. A tiny bit of astringincy in this cup, but still very enjoyable. This is a tea of substance. It has a real thickness to it.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Grass

155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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45 tasting notes

What a lovely tea, so fresh and vital! The smells were so vibrant and intense while it was steeping.

I’m not sure what a marine note is, so I couldn’t say if it was there or not. I got piney, spinachey, grassy, full-bodied mouthfuls. The astringency is a nice punctuation.

This is not a shy tea.

Flavors: Grass, Pine, Spinach, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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2 tasting notes

Sometimes i get nauseous from drinking green tea, especially the jasmine varieties, and this green tea not only did not make me sick to my stomach, but was so so so delicious. I am planning on buying a lot more!

Flavors: Butter, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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23 tasting notes

This was pretty great, but I am not sure I would want to pay for it on a regular basis.

Flavors: Umami

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5 tasting notes

This was a delightful surprise. Earthy but yet clean tasting, and definitely not musty. A round finish. Good go-to green tea for morning, noon, night.

Flavors: Butter, Earth

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1 tasting notes

Fits the description on the pack — slightly marine with a buttery finish. Rich for a green tea, nice in the early evening, or would probably pair nicely with a creamy cheese like brie or camembert.

Flavors: Bitter, Broccoli, Butter, Seaweed, Wet Moss

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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61 tasting notes

(1st steep: 45 sec) All kinds of seaweed and salt water goodness in the aroma of this tea. I love the bright rich green of the tea leaves themselves. Along with the ocean flavors there is a slight mineral undertone along with a slight grass note. The tea finishes with a creamy butter mouthfeel that is a little unexpected. Overall the tea is well balanced.
(2nd steep: 1 min) The aroma has shifted to be more mineral and salty. There is still an underlying flavor of seaweed that blends well with the mineral and saltiness. The grass flavors are also more predominant in this steeping. A pretty nice post lunch and into the afternoon tea. However, I could see myself settling down and drinking this in the evening after dinner.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Marine, Salty, Seaweed

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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11 tasting notes

I lost my original first impressions while a server was being updated. Buttery with flavors and scents of the sea. Not seaweed but reminds me of the ocean.

Flavors: Butter, Marine

1 tsp

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134 tasting notes

I drink a lot of Japanese green teas, and am partial to the deeply steamed (fukamushi) senchas, so I was very pleased to see this sample in my first Steepster box. Kabuse is steamed for a shorter time, and the tea plants are shaded before picking to produce a sweeter, deeper flavor.

Upon opening the bag, the first thing you notice is the beautiful deep green leaves and hearty marine like aroma. A very good sign of the brew to come. I steeped the sample in my favorite Tokoname Kyusu teapot, at the recommended time, temperature and proportions, and was greeted by a slightly murky but bright yellow green infusion. Nice!

Flavors are bold, filled with notes of corn, peas, and the sea. Umami flavors predominate with a very slight sweetness to finish, and a very full, hearty mouthfeel. Not at all what I was expecting (I thought it would be lighter and more subtle), but definitely a tea I want to taste more of. This tea would go wonderfully with a meal but is flavorful and distinct enough to be enjoyed alone.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Dry Grass, Seaweed, Umami

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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6 tasting notes

Delicious tea tea that will leave you craving more. Buttery, nutty finish that lingers for a while after sipping. Light, but leaves one satisfied with a savory taste. Fantastic aroma and color. Steeps well but tends to leave a fine residue at the bottom of the cup when using a metal filter. This tea is everything I could ever want in a green tea, and more!

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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