This was a sample I purchased from Harney and Sons with my last order. No, I do not need any more green tea but I couldn’t resist a few samples anyway!
I tend to like fukamushi senchas. I find overall they seem to be less astringent and bitter due to the steaming. I did infuse this at work today via regular infuser mug method. One problem is I don’t have a thermometer here at work and brewing Japanese greens can be a bit tricky. Also not sure of the age/freshness of this one – but since I was just buying a sample pack and not a tin I didn’t care that much.
I did find this to be a very flavorful tea. Steeps up to be a beautiful greenish gold color with those “tiny little bubbles” I like a lot in Japanese tea. The flavor is very umami. I am getting some nice vegetal/grassy notes along with some sweetness, a bit of nuttiness and finally a light palate cleansing astringency in the finish.
I probably won’t be buying a tin of this anytime soon, I already have more green tea than I can probably drink before it all goes stale. I did find this to be quite tasty, however.