Sencha of the Wind

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Creamy, Grass, petrichor, Sweet, Umami, Sweet, warm grass
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Caffeine
Medium
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Edit tea info Last updated by Anlina
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165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 g 9 oz / 270 ml

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  • “Another fantastic Sencha from Obubu. So smooth, sweet and with a lovely fruit note that hits the palate toward the end of the sip. Beautiful. ” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4665 tasting notes
  • “The friendly people at Obubu Tea sent me this free of charge! Included was a discount code and a lovely hand-written note; I was touched and impressed. My throat has been very sore as of late, so I...” Read full tasting note
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    elonwy 34 tasting notes
  • “A nice mix of slightly sweet and umami, with just a (nice) hint of bitter (it was present, but I barely noticed it). It was one of those cups of tea that I enjoyed as it was drunk, but it didn't...” Read full tasting note
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    Shinobi_cha 280 tasting notes
  • “Very light tea. Rebrews 3 times. It has a nice sweetness. Not as complex as I usually like, just straightforward tasting. I used up my whole sample, I might have liked the boiling brewing, since I...” Read full tasting note
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    MelissaW 264 tasting notes

From Obubu Tea

A tea popular with female customers in Japan, our Sencha of the Wind or 風の煎茶, is a sencha with a soft sweetness that is perfect for our warm water (sencha espresso) steeping method. Steep it with boiling water though, and surprisingly the tea retains much of its sweetness.

Grown on southeast facing rolling hills at an altitude of 500 meters (1640 feet) and harvested in late May, the cultivation technique is very similar to our Kabuse Sencha. However, in addition to being harvested slightly later than the Kabuse, this tea does not use the Yabukita variety of tea plant (said to be the most suitable for Japanese tea) and is instead cultivated on standard tea plants. The difference is in the leaves as these leaves produce less amino acids than the Kabuse and therefore less bitterness.

Product name: Sencha of the Wind
Ingredients: 100% aracha from Wazuka, Kyoto
Tea plant: Standard plants, about 20 years old
Cultivation notes: Covered for 14 days before harvesting with tarp to reduce 85% of sunlight reaching the leaves
Harvest period: late-May
Processing notes: light steaming (about 20 seconds)
Product size: 1 bag (24.5 x11.5 x2.0 cm / 9.65 x4.53 x0.79 in)
Weight of contents: 100 g / 3.53 oz
Producer: Akihiro Kita
Expiration: Good for 6 months from shipment
Storage: Seal tightly and refrigerate

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10 Tasting Notes

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Another fantastic Sencha from Obubu. So smooth, sweet and with a lovely fruit note that hits the palate toward the end of the sip. Beautiful.

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The friendly people at Obubu Tea sent me this free of charge! Included was a discount code and a lovely hand-written note; I was touched and impressed. My throat has been very sore as of late, so I used boiling hot water on this one. I enjoy very strong flavors in my teas, which is why I believe I prefer blacks, so I would probably be seen as mistreating most greens that come my way. I am a supertaster, however, and fully appreciate subtle flavors, so I don’t think greens are lost on me. My heart would still very much like to procure a gaiwan and treat these delicate Japanese and Chinese greens with a more traditional preparation.

The leaves are beautifully fragrant. I sniffed the bag more times than I care to admit! The water was boiling, so I didn’t steep this too long (unusual for me). The mesh sleeve for my cast iron teapot had gone on the fritz, so I had to use one of my cups. The perforations in the cup let through some of the smaller bits of leaves, but that doesn’t deter me in the least; I find it rather endearing.

THIS is what I picture when I think of green tea. It was perfect. It was all there, the grassy flavor, the faint fruit aroma, tinge of bitterness, followed by a hint of sweetness. There was slight astringency, which I so enjoy and feel creates a perfect foil with the sweet aftertaste. Sencha of the Wind was unlike a lot of green teas that I have had, with full body but still clean and refreshing. My aching throat was grateful, and after the first sip I greedily devoured the rest of the cup. And since it was only a cup, I still have some left. I can’t wait for my next!

Thank you, Obubu Tea, for this quality tea experience! I cannot wait to try more of your varieties.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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A nice mix of slightly sweet and umami, with just a (nice) hint of bitter (it was present, but I barely noticed it). It was one of those cups of tea that I enjoyed as it was drunk, but it didn’t pop out at me. The wet leaf smelled very sweet and delicious in the kyusu. And yes, the leaves are HUGE! If that is because it is aracha, I like that.

In case you haven’t noticed, I received a sampler of Obubu’s teas for Christmas. $15 for 15 teas (5g each) and free shipping! (I think it was a Holiday special or something). Normally, the price is $25 (I think that still includes shipping) and I wouldn’t say it’s worth it, since it’s not quite enough tea to make more than one pot for each type. But at $15, it was a great deal!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Very light tea. Rebrews 3 times. It has a nice sweetness. Not as complex as I usually like, just straightforward tasting. I used up my whole sample, I might have liked the boiling brewing, since I think the warm water method didn’t make it strong enough for my tastebuds. It has a white tea lightness.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is my first tea from Obubu, and it is quite delicious.

The leaves are large! I’m used to rather broken leaves with Japanese tea, but these are mostly whole. Being aracha, there are stems in it, but I love the flavor of the stems, so I like it even more.

The smell of the leaves, both before and after brewing, is AMAZING. I can see why it is called “Sencha of the Wind”. It smells like a sweet spring breeze. The color of the tea is a nice yellow-green, and the taste is nice and sweet, with a slight fruity flavor.

I don’t follow their “sencha expresso” brewing instructions, instead using my own. 2-3g of tea to 3-4oz water for 1.5 minutes. 30 seconds for the 2nd and 3rd infusions. Unlike some teas, the flavor really lasts on the 3rd and even 4th infusions.

I hope to try more teas from Obubu. They have a nice lineup, and are very “open” about their work on the site, and have good communication on Facebook/Twitter.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, Obubu recommends you eat the leaves after steeping. I tried it, and they tasted surprisingly good. I splashed a little soy sauce and rice vinegar on the leaves, and they tasted quite a bit like spinach. I think I felt the caffeine more, though.

EDIT 2: The more I brew it the more I like it! This tea is really growing on me. Easy to brew, always a consistent flavor, it’s great!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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The dry leaf is long, deep green and needle like. It has a delicate smell that is a hint petrichor, and cool, wet vegetation. Much less grassy and umami than is common in a sencha.

Steeped in 60C water, the liquor is a very pale, yellow green. At one minute there was a hint of sweetness and grass, but still that hot water taste. I steeped for an additional 30 seconds and then 30 seconds again, for two minutes total. At two minutes there’s a bit of a grassier and umami note that develops, but this is still very delicate and mild, with a smooth, creamy mouth feel.

I’m not sure if I underleafed this. Yunomi’s directions say 1tsp/5g per cup, but those are not equivalent measurements. I was planning on using 1tsp, but because of the length of the leaves, I was having a hard time scooping some out of the bag. So I pulled out my scale and shook some out. 2.5g was nearly 2tsp, which is what I ended up using.

I still have a fair bit of my sample left, so maybe next cup I’ll use more leaf or try brewing at a higher temp.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, petrichor, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion

Hi Anlina! I recently got to sample this tea via the Obubu Tea sampler and I have found that the leaf amount that works best for me is 3g per 100ml(3.3oz) for 1 minute. I had started off much lighter on leaf as well, using 2g per 100ml and I found that many of the teas tasted incredibly light and sweet on the first infusion. I liked that at first, but the repeated infusions were ghosts in the flavor department so I tried adding more leaf the next time. You get a lot more rich umami flavors up front and sometimes a bit of natural bitterness, then the second and third infusions are more light and sweet, comparable to the first infusion done with less leaf.

Also, I used 158F/70C for the temperature and went up 9F/5C degrees for each repeated infusion. The second infusion was 30 seconds and the third was 45.

Hope that helps at all. If anything, you can definitely use more leaf.

Lion

One odd thing I noticed with the Obubu teas (which are really my first major experience with sencha) is that using more leaf actually produced less bitterness in the ones I thought tasted bitter. Maybe the umami and other flavors cover it?

Cameron B.

I generally steep my sencha (Western-style) at 175 degrees for 45s or so. Maybe the low temperature you’re using is what is causing the flavor to be too light?

Anlina

Thank you for the tips! I tried Sencha of the Autumn Moon yesterday, which I was really excited for, based on tasting notes here. I steeped it in 60C water and it was super disappointing. I tried a second steep of the same leaves in 80C water and they’d already lost most of their flavour. :(

I usually do Western style unless I have a good long time to sit and savour many steeps, and I did 2.5g in 8oz of water. I will need to try different steeping parameters.

Lion

Sencha of the Autumn Moon is one of my favorites from Obubu, but again, it takes a lot of tea to get a good flavor with that one. I use 3g per 100ml for it too for 1 min.

You are probably safe to do 80C infusions from the get-go if that helps. I’ve read that this temperature is suitable for lower/standard grade sencha and only the high grade ones need to be in the 60-70C range. I’m not sure which of Obubu’s teas, if any, qualify as high grade (I would imagine maybe only their most expensive few), but I know Sencha of the Autumn Moon is definitely low grade casual drinking tea. It’s really cheap, autumn harvested, and chock full of twigs. It has a very mellow flavor, probably the mellowest of Obubu’s if that says anything about that one. It is pretty light no matter how much I’ve used of it.

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I couldn’t tell you what went wrong the first time I brewed this. I am brewing it just the same way but with more leaf to water ratio than the last time. Last time I tasted some relatively strong bitterness in the finish but that is not evident at all this time, so I’m leaving a new review with a higher rating.

With the dry leaves in the warm kyusu, after a minute I uncovered them to smell them. They have a really sweet fragrance that is green and light, similar to Obubu’s “Sencha of Brightness”.

The wet leaves have an almost floral aroma, reminding me a bit of a Taiwanese high mountain oolong. The flavor is light with a good deal of sweetness and a slightly astringent finish. Strangely, the sweetness is so abundant up front that it’s difficult for me to describe the flavors, so I’ll say it’s kind of a sweet grass taste. There’s a definite umami richness with a vegetal taste and there’s a subtle honey-like smell in the cup after emptying it. There is no bitterness in the sip, but just a bit of a lasting bitterness after you swallow the tea.

Like some other sencha I’ve tried from Obubu, the second infusion has a bit of a minty hint in the finish. The tiny bitter hints are still there, so is the strong sweetness up front.

If you like a sencha that starts really sweet and finishes with a bit of bitterness, this is the one to go to. It’s the only one in the Obubu sampler that seems to have that kind of quality. It’s dynamic within the sip rather than dynamic from one infusion to the next.

Flavors: Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Umami

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Good (late) morning Steepster!

Ugh, I am tired today, didn’t sleep too well last night and then got up at 5 am with my Sweetie who had to catch a flight. I did manage to nap for a few hours when I got home but don’t feel so energetic yet.

This is one of the samples I got from Obubu tea. So far, this may be one of my favorites. The tea liquor is light and definitely on the sweeter side, with notes of spinach and peas. There is only a very slight palate cleansing finish in the astringency. There’s something about the flavor in this that’s really nice and delicate, but not too light on impact. Recommended :)

Now off I go to apply for some more jobs… zzzz… boring!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Note: I mistakenly applied this tasting note to a different tea. It’s now in it’s right place.

It’s quite windy out, so this tea seemed like the perfect thing to try once I got home.

This is also the first Yunomi.us tea I’ve tried brewing western style (1 tsp, 8 oz, 82C, 3 mins), and I have to say that while it’s weaker in taste, I much prefer it this way – no blast of umami astringency to contend with.

It’s still a bit sharper and “greener” in taste than a Chinese green, but I think I’m going to stick with brewing my other senchas, gyokuros, and houjichas using this method.

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