91
drank Chiran Sencha by O-Cha.com
40 tasting notes

O-Cha’s Chiran Sencha (which I’m drinking here in Shincha form) is a deep steamed Fukamushi tea that’s made of fresh leaves from the Yutaka Midori bush. It’s an easy brewer that tastes great extra-strong, but for this review I did a “proper” brew of 4g to 4oz water in my tiny Banko houhin.

First (155*/ 90 secs): Bold aroma — I just love how fragrant and flavorful this tea is from the get-go! I taste a tiny bit of bitterness up front, but it finishes so sweet and softly, it’s hardly even noticeable until the cup cools. Even better is it’s slightly fruity, mostly umami aftertaste that really comes out nicely at lower temperatures.

Second (175*/ 60 secs): What a beautiful cup! The second infusion of this sencha is a deep, enchanting jade that is a joy to behold. The taste holds up great, too — mellow, vegetal, and a more astringent than the first cup. Oddly enough, I taste less bitterness and more fruity notes this time around. Hmm!

Third (185*/ 90 secs): I used a little less water for this infusion, and the higher temperature/low water ratio seems to have brought the bitterness out. Still, even though it’s a thicker brew than the other cups, it still has good flavor for a third steeping. I love how much “good stuff” you can extract from a nice Fukamushi!

Fourth (Boiled/ Until I got thirsty): Surprisingly good! I went ahead and iced this one (as I usually do with my last infusion), and stayed very “green” despite being watered down. I think I’d really enjoy a liter of this iced.

In summation, O-Cha’s Chiran sencha is a killer tea for the price. Not only does it have a great balance of vegetal flavors, a building bitterness, and a hint of sweetness that comes out nicely at lower temperatures, but it holds up well to stronger brewing ratios (2:1) and multiple infusions. Would definitely buy again!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec
sherubtse

Cole, this tea is on my increasingly-lengthy “short” list of teas to try from O-Cha. How does it compare to the (now discontinued) Fuka Supreme from O-Cha?

Thanks.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Cole

Unfortunately, I never had a chance to try that one, Sherubtse. I’d say you’d probably enjoy it, from what. I’ve tasted.
-Cole

sherubtse

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll have to get some of that Chiran with my next O-Cha order.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

People who liked this

Comments

sherubtse

Cole, this tea is on my increasingly-lengthy “short” list of teas to try from O-Cha. How does it compare to the (now discontinued) Fuka Supreme from O-Cha?

Thanks.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Cole

Unfortunately, I never had a chance to try that one, Sherubtse. I’d say you’d probably enjoy it, from what. I’ve tasted.
-Cole

sherubtse

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll have to get some of that Chiran with my next O-Cha order.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Tea lover since birth; recent convert to Japanese greens, Taiwanese Oolongs, and Chinese Puerh (and everything in-between).

Loves obscure vinyl, dark humor, technology, and most nerdy things. If you have similar tastes or enjoy a post, feel free to comment/message. Open to trades; particularly puerh!

Location

CA

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer