drank Sencha Ariake by Lupicia
265 tasting notes

Was in the mood for something Japanese tonight, and this was sitting there still unopened, so… I got out my kyusu and got to it.

This is really a pretty good sencha. The first steeping is delicate, and the colour is closer to eau de nil than I usually expect even with a Japanese green. The packet’s claim that it tastes like sweet potato is… hmmn, fanciful is probably the kindest way of putting it. But it is sweet, and, of course vegetal/grassy.

I left the second steeping a fraction longer, for just over a minute, and allowed a little astringency to creep in, just to add a little more depth to the flavour.

Yeah, really not bad. I’ll be having this one again.

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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