Sencha Ariake

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An early-summer-picked tea with a lengthy steaming process from Ariake-cho, Oosumi Peninsula, Kagoshima Pref. Its sweet taste similar to sweet potatoes makes it an alluring tea and easy to drink.

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Last of this one (still attempting to finish of drips and drabs – go me!)

Super lazy – used a steeping ball in my tea pot so I could make two cups of this without having to worry about a slow pour making it bitter. Go steeping ball. Yeah, I feel a bit like a loser when I use it but hey, it worked well so I’m going with it.

For being so freakin’ old, this tea’s still pretty decent. Good mouth feel, nice full(ish) flavor. Still don’t get sweet potato out of it.


175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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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Pretty good, it’s the cheaper of the Yutakamidori options from Lupicia, not much difference in taste between the Chiran and the Ariake, I tend to favor the Ariake on price.

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