As opposed to my first trial of this tea, this time is it awesome!
Very sweet (but not at all sickeningly like fake sweeteners), but also has elements that remind me of sencha, the tastes that made me love Japanese greens in the first instance (steamed veggies, thick, lingering aftertaste, slight bitterness, etc.)… but this has no bitterness of course. It also has that marine/seaweed flavor that to me is really delicious.
As I drink this, I finally have that moment of, ‘Aha! Now I see why gyokuro is (typically) prized over all other kinds in Japan.’
Before this (and of course the sample of the Award Winning gyokuro I had earlier this year), I wasn’t really sure why it was considered better… rather than just different.
Very good; so far, after only 2 trials each, this beats Den’s Gyokuro Suimei….we will see after a few more!