50 Tasting Notes
Doing short 30sec – 1 min brews.
I can’t even describe the flavor. it has an openness to it.
the wet leaves smell like jasmine. with a kinda… fresh air woodsy smell thing going on…
Its somewhat similar to Tsuei Laun that i had from tea from tawain. but this one is not at all fruity.
Its interesting. Tastes like my other fuka from o-cha (Sae midori) but more sour and has a distinctive citrus flavor. It tastes like… someone dropped some citrus powder in my tea. its ok, but i don’t think I would buy it. the gyo i tried was good and I’ll probably buy that :)
If you like astringency this one is for you~!
I got some lovely samples from Yunomi yesterday. decided to celebrate by first week of work at new job with a Shiboridashi of gyokuro.
The first infusion I did at 120* F for 30 seconds, It was light flavorless and only slightly green.
The second infusion I did around 140* for 30 seconds to a minute. This one reminded me of the Fuka sae midori from o-cha.
Third infusion was around 140-150* and i think I did 1 minute. Tasted like a kabusecha but grassier, and no strong cucumber peel flavor. Very well rounded. super green in color.
Fourth infusion probably 140-150* very green in color. and very sweet like powdered sugar.
I got 5 and 6th infusions but they were more sweet and weak green flavored.
I still have some left and will try another round of brewing. I probably made some mistakes with this first round, but all in all it is good and the flavor changes were both surprising and lovely.
In general most of the infusions were very sweet, no astringency.
Later note: I took the used tea leaves and tried to eat one. the flavor was over powering. Next time I will use the leftover infused leaves to make fridge green tea. or maybe mix with rice.
Can be hot or cold brewed. Tastes very floral. Like orhcids.
Adjusting up. I enjoy this tea with salty/greasy heavy foods. I don’t know why.
I have found that brewing for: pre steep 10 seconds, 1 min 1st brew, then 30 second brew, and 1 min 3rd brew works rather well. Very much sweet water after that, but still enjoyable. Had some of the last bits of fuka, what a striking difference between the two flavors. I think I prefer Fuka but this kab is slowly growing on me. And plus it’s nice to switch flavors every so often so you dont get bored. increasing rating.
:/ is right. Not very good, very low quality. I used it at some point in baking and the flavor came through nicely.
This is closer to cooking grade matcha or latte matcha. Has a strong bitter fishy taste.
reducing my rating #.
Still getting bitter-cucumber flavor, but now the first brew smells a shade bit like jasmine flowers.
It too a few pots of this tea to get used to it. I drank it to day after a chawan of Kiri no mori and noticed they tasted very similar, yet different. the sweet after taste of Kiri added some nice sweet complexity to the Kabusecha. Delicious.
First infusion: 1 min- strong cucumber flavor, slightly on the bitter side. After drinking so much Fula this one just tastes funny. :(
Second infusion: ~30 seconds. Tastes like yummy grassy cucumber. Like cucumber peels. Alot less bitter and tad bit sweeter. Has more of a tea flavor now.
3rd infusion: btw- getting slight matcha sensation in back of throat (but not as sweet and more green) . Same, but less cucumber an more if a perfumey flavor.
Softer flavor. 45 sec.
4th 1 min infusion. Same.
This one tastes different. Don’t know if I like it yet.
Opened one of the packages, took some whiffs, and it is identical to the mystery oolong that I have been drinking for almost a year.
This one has a slightly greener smell to it.
I will update the rating later once i brew it.
I ended up with approx. 4 oz or 1/2 cup dry volume of tea.
I have about 1 cup and 1/4 of mystery oolong left as well. So I probably started with like… 3-5 dry cups of tea leaves when I first got my canister. :( I drink too much tea.