NaturaliTea #17: Organic Shogun Midori

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150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 oz / 99 ml

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It is said that the founder of the Tokugawa clan of shoguns, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was very fond of taking shincha harvested in May, placing it in a container and aging it. This aged tea is now called kuradashi (literally “removing from the warehouse”), and generally refers to tea that has been aged for at least one year. In Japanese, this tea is called Fuka-midori or “Deep Green”.

As time passes, tea leaves are usually thought to degrade…the amino acids and antioxidants that give the leaves their flavor breakdown. However, refrigerated properly at a stable temperature allows us to prevent this degradation. After a year, the leaves are then processed and turned into what we are calling (in English) Shogun Midori.

By aging this tea, the unique grassiness of shincha slowly disappears leaving a sencha green tea that has a strong astringent taste. This tea is recommended for those who like strong green teas.

Shogun – the title of head of the samurai-led government of Japan during the feudal period.
Midori – the Japanese word for green

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This was a free sample received from my last Yunomi order.
My cat kyusu arrived today and I’ve been looking forward to using it.

Instructions from Yunomi via website:
Leaf – 5g
Water – 80ml
Temperature – 60c
Steeping time – 2 minutes

The leaves are very shiny and a mixture of both medium green and light green colours.
Also some are finely chopped while others are roughly 4mm in length.
They smell like sweet grass and butter. A lovely and pure scent.

Once steeped the tea is cloudy yellow and has a sweet grass and mineral scent. Like brocolli grilled with butter.
Taste is sweet and buttery to match the scent but in a more mild manner. Getting a nice low level broth flavour too which adds some savoury to the sweet.
Overall it’s medium strength and with just a touch of astringency in the aftertaste along with some dryness.

A further re steep of 2 minutes 30 seconds reveals an increase in umami and astringency. Preferable to it’s first steep.

This is nice Midori but I have had nicer, from Naturalitea too. But for the price I would consider stocking this in when I place another order.

140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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This is a refreshing, rustic, and simple tea. It starts out with balanced sweetness, savory, and it’s surprisingly smooth, with later infusions becoming more astringent. If brewed with slightly less leaf and water is just above lukewarm for the first two steeps its flavor profile is elevated with proceeding steeps. Great price for tasty organic tea!

Flavors: Corn Husk, Kale, Mineral, Ocean Breeze, Pine

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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