Japanese Black Tea - Osamu

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Japan is not known for its black tea production, but it is no surprise that many Japanese growers are trying their hand at black tea. All tea derives from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, only the processing of the leaf makes a difference. Japanese tea growers such as Osamu are experimenting with new tea processing methods by learned from growers in other countries. This Wazuka black tea is a bit different than the common Ceylon or Darjeeling, but it will not disappoint. Its rich flavor shows that Japanese tea varieties are capable to make great oxidized teas. It also shows the dramatic effect location and climate has on a tea?s characteristics.

Osamu is new to the tea producing game, but he is passionate about his art. Enjoy this warm tea on a cold night or cool down throughout the day to enjoy cooled.

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6770 tasting notes

I think one of the reasons I have been LOVING Japanese Black Teas as of late is because they are so ‘organic.’ And I don’t necessarily mean “Organic” in the sense we’ve come to know and love in the labeling world – eventho some ARE in both senses ‘organic’ I suppose…but I like how earthy and REAL Japanese Black Teas appear to the eye…almost primitive, untouched, of-the-earth, TRUE. This one IS that way.

The effervescent liquor is quite amazing! It’s a little bit on the lighter side of the brown scale but it seems to be – almost – glowing or shining in some way. It’s really beautiful.

It’s a more mellow flavor as well but pleasing and delightful. Towards the end of the sip I can pick up on a dried fruit type flavor. There isn’t even the slightest amount of bitterness here – even at longer infusion times.

This is darn special!


This is on my list of teas I “need” to try!


never had a japanese black, sounds great, something to put on the list!

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4846 tasting notes

Backlog: A really excellent Japanese Black tea. I’ve not had a lot of Japanese Black Teas, maybe fewer than a handful, but, I’ve loved those that I’ve tried. They are delicious, sweet with an earthy, sort of raw sweetness, reminiscent of raw sugar. There is a raw sort of earthiness to the flavor as well, but, at the same time, it’s remarkably smooth, with no bitterness and very little astringency (it’s there, but you have to really focus on finding it to find it. Deep notes of cacao, again, it almost tastes like raw cacao, but, every once in a while I also taste a hint of roasted cacao too. Very intriguing this tea, it just pulls me in and keeps me captivated. I love it.

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189 tasting notes

Appearance: deep red brown, delicate leaf, tendrils of a leather red shade
Aroma when Dry: raisins, malty, sweet
After water is first poured: raisin, plummy
At end of first steep: faint cream, plums, raisin
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: light dusty green
Staple? No
Preferred time of day: as needed medicinally
At first: jammy, fruity, plum, raisin, creamy notes, sweet, no astringency
As it cools ? notes blend, tea gets jammyer, creamier
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? with fruity notes

Second Steep (6min)
light and fruity, no astringency

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This Japanese Black Tea is relatively new to the Black Tea family. Compared to the rich and malty black teas from India, the Japanese black tea is milder in flavor and smoother in taste. It’s definitely a good introduction tea to many beginning drinkers who like to experience black teas. You can steep it for a longer time (5-6 mins) to taste the lasting flavor.

185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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540 tasting notes

I enjoyed this one, it was nice and smooth kinda light with some malty notes and kinda fruity like plums. Very decent to me but something about it that just makes it not my cup of tea.

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556 tasting notes

There’s an unusual amount of natural sweetness in this unflavored black tea. Bold plum and wine notes. Honestly, I was so surprised at how fruity it was that I kept wondering if I had scrubbed the steeper out well enough after previously brewing herbals, but I find the fruit flavor mentioned in several other notes, so it’s not just me. I love fruit, so very pleased with this one!

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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