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Rich & Robust

Kaboku - 100g

Kaboku has a deep, rich character with full umami and a long aftertaste. Recommended for fans of hearty sencha.


Best before
Best before180 days
The best before date is 180 days days from when the tea is packaged in Japan.
Serving size10 g (2 tbsp.) per pot
Up to 3 pots can be brewed with the same leaves.
Size 2.8" x 1.6" x 6.9"
Net weight3.5 oz (100 g)

Taste Notes

With a full-bodied sweetness that softly lingers on the tongue, and a flowery fragrance that permeates the air, Kaboku is a sencha for those who appreciate a high-class, robust sencha. We also recommend this tea as cold brew, to taste the full potential of its deep umami and sweetness.

How to Prepare

Standard Brew
Pot of Kaboku
1. Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
2. Add hot water
80°C (176°F)
210 mL (7 oz)
Cool water to 80°C by transferring once
3. Brew
60 seconds
4. Serve
Pour out every last drop
Cold Brew
Pot of Kaboku
1. Measure the leaves
2 tbsp. (10 g / 0.35 oz)
2. Add ice water
210 ml (7 oz) of chilled water.
3. Brew
15 minutes
4. Serve
Pour out every last drop
Add to bag - $36

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Peter (United States)
Very good

A tea that capitalizes on its first impression, which is already quite impressive. Plump, rounded, generous. Clear space for this one.

Joshua M. (United States)
Good tea, poor directions

This tea, when prepared similar to other green teas, is very nice. Unfortunately, the instructions on the packaging and website seem highly inaccurate. Most green teas use 1-2 tsp/7 oz at 170 F or so. Prepared this way, this is a really enjoyable tea. Following the instructions to prepare 2 TBSP/7 oz leads to an undrinkable flavor. I am not a novice tea drinker and do enjoy a full bodied tea. Following the instructions, the bitterness is unbearable however. It was so disgusting that I had to throw out the entire pot...a significant portion of an expensive tea wasted. I probably won't purchase again from Ippodo because of this.

Dear Joshua M.,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for our Kaboku sencha. You have provided valuable information for our customers.

The style of tea we use at Ippodo Tea is unique even in Japan. The shape of our tea leaves are like tightly twisted needles and this particular style of tea leaf is limited in the Japanese green tea market right now. This needle-like tea is different from the common style of Japanese green tea (referred to as Fukamushi; the leaves are smaller and contain more little flakes in comparison to Ippodo Tea’s.)

Because of this difference in shape, the leaves slowly unravel with every pour, meaning our tea can be brewed many times. By using this amount of leaves from the beginning, there is actually less waste of leaves as it can be enjoyed at least up to the 3rd pot with the same satisfying taste. This is why our instructions on the package recommend 10grams of tea leaves.

We are happy you were able to adapt our instructions to your preference because, ultimately, your enjoyment of the tea is our priority. And your instructions have the potential to help others enjoy this tea as well.

Sencha Kaboku is our best Sencha in our regular Sencha line-up. We are so happy to hear that you praised it.

Again, thank you for your review comment, we appreciate it. Please feel free to contact us at should you have any further questions or concerns. We always appreciate your feedback.

Ippodo Tea Customer Service

Cannelle T. (United States)
Beautiful sencha

This is our favorite sencha. Very smooth and assertive without being bitter with a touch of umami.

Tillet M. (United States)
Excellent Tea!!

Delicious medium bodied green tea. 5 Stars!!

John T. (United Kingdom)
Lovely Japanese Sencha

This tea has a very nice flavour indeed. When brewed it has that nice golden yellowish colour, clean, and it is a subtle and well balanced tea with a lovely after taste that lingers. Well worth trying!

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