5 Tasting Notes
This has been one of my favorite winter harvest oolongs since i tried it in 2007.
Too bad I didn’t stock up on it before it sold out. Very easy to brew and lasts many infusions. The 2007 seemed a bit more balanced.
I figured I’d try something different while waiting for all the Shincha to be released. This is actually pretty good for the price. Not quite sencha and far from a houjicha but still pleasing to my taste buds. Doesn’t have the grassy or marine like element that most sencha has. This would make a good everyday tea for the price conscience.
I usually don’t drink flavored tea but this one sparked my curiosity. It’s pretty good but I couldn’t see drinking this everyday. Tangy cherry flavor comes through mostly with the sencha flavor lying underneath. I think it has added flavorings other than the Sakura. I only steeped this twice as I got tired of the flavor fast. Definitely worth a try.
The smell is mildly floral and has a full bodied taste. A smooth buttery mouth feel. I tend to prefer winter harvest for Taiwanese tea and this one doesn’t disappoint..
This Shizuoka guricha has a natural sweetness and dark green appearance. It is very different from traditional guricha and more closely resembles a fukamushi. The flavor holds up well. I’m on my 4th steep.