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I bought this tea while on a trip in Hakone, an place perhaps more known for its many hot springs than tea. The area is however very close to Shizouka, so the fact that it also was a fair amount of tea in the souvenir shop was hardly a surprise.

The name Yabukita is, as far as I have read, the most common tea variety for sencha. Judging from the more round and deep smell, this seems to be a slightly better one. ( Although, I have to admit that I bought it because of the beautiful canister)

I steeped the first serving using a strainer, but ended up having a very weak result. Doing it the more traditionally way with just the leaves in the traditional pot made the taste several times stronger. A beautiful green colour with a strong vegetal taste. Now, I know a lot of Japanese people like their sencha very strong, but this was maybe a little bit too strong for me. Having less tea on about 75 degrees celsius for 30 seconds made a much more suitable result.

Excellent with some Japanese sweets!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Shinobi_cha

It’s cool to hear reviews of tea directly in Japan! You’ll certainly find a lot there that isn’t available here in the States.

Shadowleaf

Thank you! I have not been to the States yet so I would not be able to compare the selection I am afraid, but I am sure you are right. There is a lot brands here one would have a hard time finding outside Japan, I think. And it is way cheaper than in my home country.

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Shinobi_cha

It’s cool to hear reviews of tea directly in Japan! You’ll certainly find a lot there that isn’t available here in the States.

Shadowleaf

Thank you! I have not been to the States yet so I would not be able to compare the selection I am afraid, but I am sure you are right. There is a lot brands here one would have a hard time finding outside Japan, I think. And it is way cheaper than in my home country.

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Tea grew to be one of my major hobbies for about two years ago, and I have been able to taste a lot of different brands. Unfortunately, most of the local stores I use and the ones I encountered while in Japan, are not registered here yet, but I will do my best to register them – in time.

As I once again will be having the honour of staying in Japan for about one year from September 2010, I would like to keep track of the teas I discover, the names, taste and so on.

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