146 Tasting Notes
5g / 90ml celadon gaiwan with water from tetsubin.
This tea has a very distinct flavour. a subtly smoky sweetnes with some maltiness. 5g was on the shy side. Next time ill use more leaf, i like this tea on the heavy side!
5g/180ml kobiwako kyusu
I had a sipdown last night of my yamanami black tea. It will be missed! So now i filled up my jap. black tea tin with this amazing tea!!!
Its so incredibly smooth, well balanced with a aftertaste with a hint of cinnamon astringancy. It reminds me a bit of a milder version of darjeeling second flush. It lacks the usuall minty flacour that is commmon with japanese black teas. The cinnamon is there so is a hint of vanilla and wood?
Second best japanese black i´ve tried so far. Only the sayama black – Mushashi kaori cultivar is better. (to my tastebuds atleast.)
When i opened my box of jap. tea i realized i only had one bag of black left. so i just had to order a bunch from yuuki-cha.com, first tea order since this summer! Next time will be when autumn flush is out. some more laoshan black and autumn flush darjeeling! autumn teas are sooooo good :)
7g / 180ml Banko-yaki kyusu
1: 1m @ 80C
2&3: 5s @ 83C
This i my first sencha brewed at higher temperatures. Kaori means fragrance and the tea is well named. The scent when i opened the bag reminded me of liqurice! Powerful!
The liquid was very pale yellow and clear.
The taste has a VERY well balanced astringancy. It balances the sweetnes perfectly, vegal and vanilla? It does however lack the more full flavour and sweetness of other senchas ivé tried. Different but still very nice!
ca 5g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
Single infusion 2m @ 80C
Sipdown! The last of my pastry tea.. This the is so very sweet and minty, it goes perfect with pastry. I accompanied it with some white chocolate cheesecake. :)
Hm might try to get some more this spring when first harvests are coming in. A bit of a hassle to order though since Takeo-sans webpage is all in japanese. haha google-fu translate!
Anyways i will miss this tea.
Really enjoyed this sencha. Powerful vegal taste. slight astringancy, thick and sweet. Still have lots of 2012 sencha in my stash. Aiming to finish it all before 2014 harvest.
On another note, its not to long until the wonderful autumnflush of darjeeling!
5g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
1m/1:30m/2m @ 95-100C
This was perfect for three cups. All cups was full of flavour. None overly strong and none weak. Next time i will try to find the right amount and infusiontime for 1 cup.
This setting will be scribbled on the tinlabel :)
6g/90ml celadon gaiwan.
wash/wash/15/15/20/20/30/30 @ 100C
Ah, this is good. Last sheng was a dissapointment so this one cheered me up! Powerful astringance, slightly bitter. But well balanced so its not unpleasnt. Did longer infusions this time around and it payed of! Since it late i stopped at 6. The taste lingers long in the mouth, a bit of a tail on this one. Good stuff!
3g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu.
2m @ 100C
On the light side, next time ill do 2:30 or perhaps a short wash first.
Taste is the usual superb minty flavour.
4g / 200ml glaspot.
Single infusion. 4m @ 75C
Ah have to start checking my notes here on steepster. Should do 80C for 5m. Haha maybe next time. Been doing a darjeeling sunday, and this white tea is very special. The flacour is so incredibly mild and pure while still having a complex set of flavours. The texture and body is fairly thick for such a light cup. The color is very very pale yelllowish white. Vegetables and fresh nutty citrus maybe? hard to describe but fabulous! Will restock come spring since im almost out!
3.5g / 200ml glaspot. water from Kunzan tetsubin
2:30m @ 75C
Superb as always. Shockfull of exotic fruits with a bit of citrus. Feels clean and fresh. Among the best greens ivé tried. Arya hit spot on. Will be getting me some of the SF -13.