Kagoshima Sencha Yutaka Midori

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170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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From the first harvest and currently in shincha form, a very special sencha from Kagoshima prefecture located at the southern tip of Japan. Considered by many connoisseurs to be our finest sencha green tea! An exceptionally “green” green tea, we are pleased to be able to offer a green tea of quality to our customers. We urge you to compare this sencha against any of the others available on the internet for that nice emerald green color and wonderful taste. Try some today!

Growing Region: 100% Kagoshima
Year Harvested: 2010
Grown Under: Full Sun
Steaming: Deep
Aroma: Medium
Taste: Medium
Astringency: Medium
Consistency: Thick/Cloudy
Breed: Yutakamidori
Recommended Brew Temp: 170F / 77C
Recommended Brew Time: 45 seconds
Recommended Leaf to Water Ratio: .6g per 1oz (30ml) water
Notes: A legendary green tea, one of our very best

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911 tasting notes

It’s shincha, baby! Woo! Guh. The smell kills me. So awesome. Faintly buttery, green, thick. It makes my mouth water. I’m seriously not one for much prep work with tea making because I’m lazy. But I will preheat a pot for sencha. Because sencha in a preheated pot? Smells deliciously awesome.

Last year this tea was a kind of sensitive to temp so I’m using the thermometer, not just the Zojirushi display. I really need a yuzamashi but lacking one, I’m using my tea cup. Water temp at 172° and into my pot it goes. Started the pour at about 35 seconds because this pot has a 10 second-ish pour. The aroma mirrors that of the leaves in the pot but milder. Not a super strong smell, but very nice.

Oh, the taste makes my tongue dance! It has a very fresh and clean taste for a deep steamed sencha. Almost citrusy. Grassy. Faintly buttery feeling, a faint hint of nutty (I read someone that mentioned sunflower seeds and can totally see that, which surprised me.) Just a faint hint of dryness left on my tongue after each swallow but that astringency just makes it seem fresher, no hint of bitterness. This strikes me as a very ‘typical’ sencha as far as taste profile goes but it’s not ordinary. It’s more regular sencha, amped up into, dare I say it? Perfection.

Ah, there is sencha in my pantry once again and I’m so pleased. Especially since this is such a tasty one!

Second Steep: 175°, instant pour. Much cloudier brew this time. Delightful fresh and citrusy, gently sweet. It’s a little bit more astringent than the first brew but I’m pretty sensitive to astringency and am still finding at a very pleasant level. So tasty.

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

Sounds delicious!!


It really is – it’s sort of the quintessential ‘typical’ sencha flavor profile so I think any sencha fan would love this one. I want more! Right now! Hehe!

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The Final Sipdown: Day 14.1

Oh, brother. Only on tea 22 and I’m already using a save. [For those who haven’t read, I have allotted myself five saves so I don’t have to finish a sample I particularly like. You can probably guess where this log is going.]

It’s official, I’m a Japanese green fangirl. I can’t help it! And let me tell you, it’s funny to me because it isn’t even necessarily the taste of the actual tea that I am enamored with. Yes, the buttery, creamy quality that many of them [including this tea] encompass is absolutely deeee-LIGHT-ful. Especially my dear, sweet kukicha. [Would it be weird to name a dog Kukicha? It’s fun to say.] The vegetal, sweet grassy notes are ones I find quite tasty, especially in concert with the other flavors that Japanese greens tend to offer.

No, the thing that I most love about Japanese greens is the aftertaste. When I’m drinking a good one, it’s absolutely sensational. Sweet and refreshing, light and yet strong, it’s a study in distilled fullness.

I don’t think that I really have that much a sweet tooth, mainly because after those first few bites that’s usually enough for me; I get over saturated on sugar. But that moment right after swallowing a particularly good bite of cake? Oh, bliss. When all the little flavors linger and swirl into a sweet shadow of the essence of what used to be. It’s like a patronus of cake. [Sorry, I’ve got Harry Potter on the brain.] That is what the aftertaste of a good Japanese green is like to me.

This particular one has a distinct citrus note to me – specifically orange. The astringent note in it even reminds me of the bitterness in orange pith. All the regular players are present and accounted for – the grassy, vegetal notes are front and center. There is a light buttery, creamy component, though it is not anywhere near as noticeable as it is on kukicha. And I’m also getting a slightly nutty note. But it’s the citrusy note give it a refreshing lift. It’s making me think of the yuzu sencha I have, but the citrus note isn’t quite that pronounced. It’s much more subtle, and yet it has presence. Now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t stop paying attention to it.

Making this tea has not only led me to a second steep, but it’s made me break out my kyusu. Don’t you realize I don’t have time to dally about with second steeps right now, tea? And yet, I find myself not really wanting to hurry, and simply to breathe.

Breathe, and appreciate being home and having a day off tomorrow.

Breathe, and be thankful for the days I have left with my family.

Breathe, and marvel at the myriad of flavors that tea can provide while the sweetness rolls over my tongue.

And now, in the way that tea has of teaching me things I wasn’t necessarily planning on learning, I am beginning to realize something. Half of the beauty in Japanese greens for me might not even lie in the physical sensations it provides, but the natural inclination to slow down and ponder upon exhalation.

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Saves Used: 1

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

I loved the “patronus of a cake” idea.

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Rich. Delicious. Like a warm bowl of stew on a cold evening.
This is a very nice treat, but not like an ice cream, more like filet mignon.

Not only this, but it has such a nice aftertaste.

This is definitely one to keep around!

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

Dang! The GOOD stuff! Can’t wait to try my Chiran to see how it compares to the filet mignon ;)

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On my Oregon adventure, I shared this tea as a special delicacy with my wonderful hosts and friends.
The emerald, graceful, silky infusions were like little keys, sip by sip turning the lock of the heart chakra open into acceptance of bliss. We smiled into our cups, and I felt the moss of the redwoods touch my lips…rain for days, spotted owls, elk antlers…
Deeply gentle, like the gestures of a fawn, but with the fortitude of the wild black bear.
Infusions after the first take only seconds: a breath of water, an exhale of flavor.
And the flavor will take you on your own journey into the soft green rain falling now within you.

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Ben Youngbaer

This sounds lovely! can’t wait to share some tea with you when you come back!

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Probably the best Sencha I’ve ever had, I love how it tastes. I also like how it turns a cloudy dark green once steeped, which makes it visually appealing. Very relaxing and amazing to drink.

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I admit, I bought this because it was the highest rated from O-Cha. Even so, I find myself looking forward to waking up in the morning so I can make this tea. I never thought I would be excited to switch from dark roast coffee to a slightly creamy, emerald green broth reminiscent of young asparagus. I cannot recommend this tea enough!

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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26 tasting notes

2010 Shincha Version – personally preferred the Sae Midori from the same vendor, but this was excellent too. Striking purity.

Buy Again: Probably

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27 tasting notes

Yutaka Midori isn’t just the name of this tea, it’s also the breed, and this breed is known for it’s good flavor. O-Cha’s Yutaka Midori is great. Very green, vegetal, grassy and delicious. Multiple infusions with great flavor/color. Probably the best Sencha you can find.

155 °F / 68 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Just got the 2014 shincha yutaka midori last week and it is quite amazing. So incredibly fresh and flavorful. It is a shame that they are already sold out of it. I have had the normal sencha version as well and it is just as good. I’ve found that to get the best flavor, use about a teaspoon and a half in 170 degrees for the first two steeps, then much higher for the third. You won’t be disappointed!

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I used 4g of tea in 4 oz. of water…

- steep #1 (68 deg. C, 60 sec.) sweet, chestnut, vegetables, umami…delicious taste…liquid is clear if the kyusu is not shaken during pouring, when I make one “swinging” move, the liquid is not so clear

- steep #2 (71 deg. C, 20 sec.) deep green broth, still sweet taste, grassy taste comming in, still full of umami…fukamushi shincha as good as it gets

- steep #3 (74 deg. C, 45 sec.) a little thinner brew, but still excellent for 3rd brew, thick soup, grassy, some umami still there

- steep #4 (77 deg. C, 80 sec.) this one is quite thinner, but because there is not much bitterness, it’s still enjoyable

Excellent tea, this year (2012) is on par, or even better as the 2010 tea.

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