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Quantity of leaves: 5,5 g. Water: 70 C. Steeping time: 1 min, 10 sec. Steeped in a kyusu.
Infusion of golden colour, opaque and dense that smells to flowers like the leaves in the teapot. Rich and sweet flavour with a light aftertaste.
The first stepping was consistently easy to prepare.
10g / 180ml kobiwako kyusu
1m/45s/2m @ 100C
Superb as always! Really do hope i get a chance to restock!
Today i recieved my order from yuuki-cha. I´m looking forward to trying escpeically the Koubi-Shiage oolong as it is supposed to be somewhat like a japanese Da Hong Pao. Unfortunatly they packed my order wrong so i got another bag of hime-fuki instead of Hime-hikari. oh well. will try that next time. :)
7g / 180ml Banko-yaki kyusu
1: 1m @ 80C
2&3: 5s @ 83C
This i my first sencha brewed at higher temperatures. Kaori means fragrance and the tea is well named. The scent when i opened the bag reminded me of liqurice! Powerful!
The liquid was very pale yellow and clear.
The taste has a VERY well balanced astringancy. It balances the sweetnes perfectly, vegal and vanilla? It does however lack the more full flavour and sweetness of other senchas ivé tried. Different but still very nice!
Really enjoyed this sencha. Powerful vegal taste. slight astringancy, thick and sweet. Still have lots of 2012 sencha in my stash. Aiming to finish it all before 2014 harvest.
On another note, its not to long until the wonderful autumnflush of darjeeling!
I found this tea somewhat thin compared to some of Thes du Japon’s Kamairicha offerings this season. The well rounded autumnal roasted chestnut flavor is weaker than usual, and replaced with a somewhat unpleasant (to me) peatiness. The body is thinner than normal and an unfamiliar bitterness is present. This contrasts with the approaching-perfection “Kamairi cha from Takachiho” from the same company. It could be due to my preparation choice of lower temperature.
This tea has a slight smokiness and earthiness I am not accustomed to in Matcha. I found it to be missing some classic flavor I was expecting, but it is unique and delicious in its own right.
This Sencha was highly satisfying. Very well balanced in terms of butteriness and bitterness. Attempts with cooler water did not prove satisfactory.
10g / 180ml Banko-yaki kyusu, water from Kunzan tetsubin.
1:15/0:05/0:05/0:05 @ 65C
Next time will be a sipdown of this most exellent sensha.
4th infusion started to get a bit weaker so will do 10s 4th and onward.
Infusions are very clear, taste is clean and veggietasting a hint of grass. Also i think i tasted something in the sweetness like vanilla?
Perhaps i will go for a deep steamed sensha next? Although Gyokuro is a whole lot better! :D
This is an interesting tea. Maybe I haven’t found the temperature/leaf ratio hot spot yet, but the major taste I get is like raw tea leaves.
This Kamairicha is on par with the best I have tasted. Extremely well balanced (maybe due to the blend?), it has everything I look for in a tea of this type: roasted chestnut/sweet potato aroma, umami finish, bitterness to counterbalance the sweet scent. Definitely recommend it.
10g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
Four infusions: 1m/1m/1:15m/2m @ 100C
This is by far my favorite japanese black tea. It is shockful of flavours. Cinnamon, mint, even a very slight note of citrus. Very low astringancy.
And the effect of the brand new Kobiwako clay pot is marvelous. The tea recieves strong body AND aftertaste. Mr Hojo really did hit spot on with this new clay. Beutiful. Will post a pic @ a later tasting note.
10g / 180ml banko-yaki kyusu
This time i used the recommended amount of leaf.
This gave a much more potent brew! The liquid is still very clear, light green.
Packed full of flavour with the slightest astringency.
6g / 180ml banko-yaki kyusu.
Recently finished the exellent organic Mie sencha and although im stocked up with more :) felt id open up this new sencha.
First i noticed the leaves. Very long with a nice fragrant smell of grass (the good kind ^^)
The liquid was very clear with a light smooth feel to it. Flavours of vegetable and grassy notes. VERY pleasant although a bit to weak.
Recommended amount of leaves is 4g/70ml, in my pot that would be 10g.
Next time i will try 8g and see what happens. But i can imagine a large amount is needed because these large leaf do not infuse very quickly.
Had another go this morning.
8g / 200ml glaspot.
Three infusions @ 100C
I can help but taste oregano, maybe its because of the apperance of the leaves. Looks similar.
The taste is a mix of cinnamon and sharp herbal flavours with a slight astringency. It is very different to other japanese blacks.
Im actually lowering the score somewhat because it dissapoints if you like the usual japanese black tea flavour. and it cant stand up to a good darjeeling neither.
Ran out of Fuji black tea. So the time came to open up a bag of this interesting tea.
7g / 200ml glaspot
One infusion for 1m @100C.
I overslept this morning so only had time for 1 infusion.
This japanese black was a bit different.
The usual cinnamon flavor is there but with a mix of slight astringency and tones of mor classic black teas like a darjeeling second flush.
Will have to try a few more infusions before i can discern better the many flavours.
It is very good at the least :)
7g / 200ml glaspot @ 100C
3 Infusions: 1m/1m/2m
First infusion was a bit to strong. 45s is enough.
This tea is very spicy. I think ill try brewing it a bit thinner next time. Since im about to run out :)
This time i conducted a small experiment.
I did two simultaneous brewings.
1: 180ml banko-yaki kyushu
2: 200ml glass teapot
I used 7g / 180ml 100C water in preheated pots.
3: infusions 45s/1m/2m
The differance in taste was clearly noticable.
The banko-yaki had a much softer mellower taste, with somewhat stronger aftertaste. The liquid was a bit more foggy aswell.
The glasspot tasted a bit sharper more fruity but with less aftertaste.
My conclusion is that banko-yaki isn´t a very suitable material for brewing black teas.
Strong! Full of flavor yet only a little bit of astringency.
Not as complex as other japanese blacks but full of spicy flavor.
The dry leaf is small and mostly broken so it infuses quickly.
I use a 200ml banko-yaki kyushu so i usually do only 3 infusions. But this tea should be able to manage atleast 4-5. The first 2 inusions were VERY strong. the third only slighly less so.
I used 4g/100ml
Good in the morning and during the day. Abit much as an eveningtea.
This is one of my favorite black teas. A very clean powerful taste typical of japanese blacks. A bit of sweetness, mint, without any astringency.
Big beutiful leaves with a strong fragrance after wash.
I used 10g of leaves in a 200ml banko-yaki kyusu. The large leaves filled the pot to the brim.
Did 3 infusions.
1. 60sec 100c
2. 45sec 100c
3. 120sec 100c
I got 3 powerful cups. The last infusion was a bit long. I think 5 infusions won`t be a problem. perhaps. 60/45/60/75/90.
A wonderful high quality tea.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.
This is a really pleasing Sencha … as I sit here, sipping on it, I am trying to recall the last time I consumed a pure Sencha, and I can’t do so. I’ve had so many other green teas, primarily flavored, in the past weeks, but, I haven’t had a pure Sencha like this in a while. It’s a nice change … very refreshing.
The aroma of the dry leaf initially reminded me of seaweed, but after the package had breathed for a moment, I noticed more of a freshly cut grass kind of smell.
The brewed tea smells a bit more like mild, steamed vegetables … reminding me a bit of the broccoli that I steamed last night, only this is a bit more on the “grassy” vegetable side, smelling a bit more like spinach, I think. The flavor is not spinach-y though, or even broccoli-ish. It is sweet, grassy, and crisp. There is a very fresh, vibrant sort of taste to it. Very smooth. Nice.
Yup! Dry…this smells like Chestnuts! Wet…it smells like a Buttered Veggies with a nuttiness to it! Yum! Yum!
This has a light and fluffy sort of taste to it – especially since the aroma was so intense – this sort of surprised me. As it cools it does have a peppery taste to it too!
I really like this green!
This smells like pure spinach.
The product description says this is “pure” and “mellow”…well, I disagree with the MELLOW description…I think it’s very hardy…it’s grassy-green, vegetal, and gives a pretty powerful punch.
I, do, however, really like this…I think it’s a good green…as far as the grassier greens are concerned.
I’m grateful I was able to try it!