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I went a little nuts this year with shincha pre-ordering. I had never ordered from Yuuki-cha and they have a fair number of interesting teas – black, oolong and pan-fried Japanese teas. I did try to rein myself in a bit but with so many different and unusual teas, I pretty much blew my shincha budget on the one order and not even all of it on shincha. This one, though, was one of the new-crop teas I picked up.

Honestly, it’s a pretty wild tea. It’s just so flavorful! It’s got notes that I recognize from sencha, but also Chinese green notes. It smells like a thick, green, vegetal honey. And the taste is amazing – it’s sweet. Very sweet. It’s almost fruity in a way that makes me think of slightly unripened mango. It’s a very bright and vibrant taste. The first sip of this tea always surprises me because it’s so sparkly and shiny!

After that surprising first taste of sweet fruit, the tea transitions into this thick, heavy pungency that borders on bitterness but isn’t. It’s a little drying and prickly but not unpleasant, almost like the brine note I get from most Chinese greens, but not quite. The longer I hold the tea in my mouth, the more the thick, textured pungency develops and then it glides down smoothly when I swallow, leaving behind a feeling that gives a post-red wine feeling.

Slurping brings out a new flavor, a heavy, dark grassy flavor that is really delicious. It’s almost dessert-like, if there was such a thing as a desert grass. Continued slurping brings out a muscat-y flavor underneath that, tying in with the unripened mango and red wine notes. As it cools the pungency increases, giving it a heavier mouthfeel and the taste that comes out in slurping pokes out a bit in a sweet dried hay note.

Lots of flavors! I keep finding this tea kind of shocking. It’s so interesting and it transitions through so many different flavors, like a multi-flavored gobstopper but of different tea flavors. It doesn’t seem like the flavors and textures – mango, grass, thickness, wine-like ending – should go together but it does. It’s fascinating to me. I want to keep drinking it because it keeps surprising me, making the last sip as interesting as the first sip. And that’s not something I can say about a lot of teas!

O-cha.com is still probably my go-to place for shincha orders because they have my ultimate favorite Kagoshima Sencha Yutaka Midori and, as I discovered this year when I tried to limit myself to just one shincha order, I can’t do without that tea. But an offering like this? Pretty much makes it a given that I’ll be ordering from Yuuki-cha again.

Ninavampi

I love that you described it as “a multi-flavored gobstopper but of different tea flavors”. Now I really, really feel like I must try this. : )

TeaBrat

ohhh. i’ve not heard of Yuuki-cha, this place looks promising. :)

Auggy

Ninavampi, I’m not normally a fan of greens other than sencha but this is a really fascinating tea. I would totally recommend it!

Amy oh, I’ve only ordered from them once but I was very impressed by their service. They had to stop offering some of the teas I pre-ordered because of the nuclear reactor issues post earthquake & tsunami in Japan and they were super classy about how they handled it. Thumbs up to them. (Oh yeah, and all of the teas I’ve had from them have been very good, if not downright impressive.)

TeaBrat

I have added it to my shopping list…

Ninavampi

Same : )

Matt

Ooooh. Want this one!

Auggy

Hopefully all three of y’all will enjoy it if you snag some! :)

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Ninavampi

I love that you described it as “a multi-flavored gobstopper but of different tea flavors”. Now I really, really feel like I must try this. : )

TeaBrat

ohhh. i’ve not heard of Yuuki-cha, this place looks promising. :)

Auggy

Ninavampi, I’m not normally a fan of greens other than sencha but this is a really fascinating tea. I would totally recommend it!

Amy oh, I’ve only ordered from them once but I was very impressed by their service. They had to stop offering some of the teas I pre-ordered because of the nuclear reactor issues post earthquake & tsunami in Japan and they were super classy about how they handled it. Thumbs up to them. (Oh yeah, and all of the teas I’ve had from them have been very good, if not downright impressive.)

TeaBrat

I have added it to my shopping list…

Ninavampi

Same : )

Matt

Ooooh. Want this one!

Auggy

Hopefully all three of y’all will enjoy it if you snag some! :)

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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