Artisan's Reserve

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Artisan’s Reserve™ is a special blend of hand-selected fukamushi (deeply steamed) leaves, both shaded (kabusecha) and sun-grown. The result is stimulatingly complex flavor profile comprising a broad spectrum of tea flavors, from citrus overtones and melon-like sweetness, with a slightly creamy texture.

This sencha is a tamaryokucha (“curly green tea”), also known as guricha. The rich volcanic soils of the Mt. Aso foothills, where this tea is grown, make for an exquisitely rich flavor and a hearty aroma, but without the bite that comes from other soil types.

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38 tasting notes

I liked this tea. It had a vaguely sweet flavor. It did not have much of the fishy seaweed flavor. I have tasted that flavor in other teas.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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The flavour of this tea is more subdued than other senchas from Mellow Monk. So I had to push the steeping times to get the same “punch” from this as I did from others the vendor sells.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 60 deg., 1:15 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.

140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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1.5 tsp for 100 ml; loose-mesh stainless steel basket in small ceramic cup

Dry leaves warmed in cup.

01 (25s; 158F): Shorter brewing seems to bring out a better side of this tea. A much more balanced degree of astringency, and a very good moderately thick body as well. Not nearly as bitter as the last time, instead with a pleasantly tangy and grassy flavor. A touch of the tamaryokucha sweetness.

02 (15s; 158F): Even thicker body, which pairs nicely with the clean vegetal flavor, balancing brothy umami and grassy sweetness.

155 °F / 68 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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