The Tea Practitioner Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 21
It’s always funny when I get a Japanese green tea in one of my other advents, in addition to always having one from the Nio Teas calendar.
This is a lovely karigane. It tastes like a lighter and sweeter version of a kabusecha or gyokuro, with the same silky and rich vegetal notes and layered umami. But then the texture is thinner and it has a clear, mineral sweetness to it, along with some gentle nutty notes. Subsequent steeps lose a bit of that shaded intensity and have more of a grassy presence instead. There’s a bit of a melon-y fruitiness to it as well, that becomes a bit easier to identity in the second and third steep. In the first steep it’s more musky, like a cantaloupe, and then it becomes more clear and sweet, like a honeydew.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Cashew, Freshly Cut Grass, Grassy, Honeydew, Melon, Mineral, Nuts, Smooth, Spinach, Spring Water, Squash, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal