Organic Kagoshima Sencha Saemidori

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155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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  • “Tonight is special for two reasons: I'm using the last of this tea, and I'm drinking it in my brand new hand-made ceramic tumbler! It's one of two, and they just came in the mail yesterday, but I...” Read full tasting note
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    smitty1110 244 tasting notes
  • “It's Shincha season! I decided to order a Fukamushi and an Asamushi (light steamed) sencha this year. For the fukamushi I decided to go with this tea from Yuuki-cha (therefore this note is for the...” Read full tasting note
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    TeeMike 57 tasting notes
  • “I loved the deep steamed Fukamushi I ordered last time from O-Cha but this similar offering from Yuuki-cha was a let down. The flavor is swampy with a lingering astringency even when brewed at low...” Read full tasting note
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    luckyme 14 tasting notes

From Yuuki-cha

Organic Kagoshima Sencha Saemidori is a deep steamed organic fukamushi sencha comprised of the precious young leaves that appear in spring. The saemidori tea bushes used for this sencha are specially cared for and given priory by its cultivator. They are harvested only once a year and harvesting only takes place at the optimum timing in spring. In addition, a plantation area with the most suitable fertile soil, correct altitude and safest growing environment were carefully selected. Soil is managed throughout each harvest year with only natural fertilizer and with the utmost of care. As a result of all of these factors, the quality of this organic fukamushi sencha is maintained to a high standard.

The flavor is sweet and smooth with very little astringency, and it’s accompanied by a wonderful fresh aroma and beautiful green tea liquor. It’s an organic Kagoshima deep steamed sencha of exceptional quality!

More info at:
http://www.yuuki-cha.com/saemidori-kagoshima-fukamushi-sencha

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Tonight is special for two reasons: I’m using the last of this tea, and I’m drinking it in my brand new hand-made ceramic tumbler! It’s one of two, and they just came in the mail yesterday, but I was busing and couldn’t try them out yesterday. Big shout-out to Mamif!

Back to the tea, I prepared the first infusion with barely steaming water, and steeped for 75 seconds. the taste is just as exquisite as usual, like some sort of sweet vegetables. The aroma might be grass, but I just mowed the lawn earlier, and I might still be smelling that. I’m really going to miss this tea after tonight…

Second infusion same temperature, 15 second infusion. It even sweeter, and had gotten a bit more grassy instead of vegetative. this is pretty much the peak for this tea: The second infusion is the prefect balance of flavors, and it just gets weaker from this point.

Third infusion, same temperature, 45 seconds. This time it tastes more grassy than sweet, but it’s not in any way astringent. Unfortunately, I ran out of time, and I’m going to need to stop drinking tea if I want to fall asleep at a decent hour. Sad, since I could probably get another cup of tea or two out of these leaves, but sleep is more important.

P. S. – Pics of the tumblers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamif/7382224810/in/photostream/

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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It’s Shincha season! I decided to order a Fukamushi and an Asamushi (light steamed) sencha this year. For the fukamushi I decided to go with this tea from Yuuki-cha (therefore this note is for the 2012 new harvest) and for the asamushi I went with Den’s Hashiri shincha (which just arrived today!).

>Dry Leaf Appearance/Aroma
As a Fukamushi sencha, the leaves are mostly broken down into a mix of dust, small pieces, and extra fine needles. The color is bright vivid green with a super sweet fresh grassy aroma. The aroma is so delightful, that I sometimes just open the tin I have it stored in, just to smell the dry leaf.

>Brewing Method
I steeped this tea 3 times in a small kyusu. First infusion using 158F water and 1 minute steep time. 2nd infusion 160F water and 30 Sec steep. 3rd 165F water and 45 sec steep.

>Liquid Appearance
1st cup was cloudy with vivid deep green color. 2nd cup was darker and cloudier. 3rd cup resembled the first one with a lighter color.

>Taste/Aroma
My first cup had a fresh mellow sweet aroma. The taste was wonderful, very tasty and super fresh. I can only describe it as a refreshingly grassy sweet buttery cup. It has a very light astringent finish, but with a very enjoyable and refreshing lingering sweetness in the mouth.

My second cup was not as aromatic as the first, and taste remained mostly the same but perhaps a bit thicker. The fresh sweet grassy aftertaste remained there though not as strong as the first cup.

My third cup had no aroma, lighter in taste, but still very enjoyable. The astringent finish became more prominent in this cup but still not very bothersome.

>Wet Leaf Appearance
Nothing special (as most of the leaf is already broken anyways) other than the leaf had a very vivid green color after 3 infusions.

>Overall
I enjoyed this tea a lot! I’m usually not always in the mood for the thicker, fuller bodied fukamushis, but this one is so tasty! I have been drinking it non-stop since it arrived on Monday. The leaf, the brew, everything about it is super fresh, sweet, and deliciously buttery, yum!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Yay! I ordered one from Den’s Tea. :)

Mike G

Awesome! I’m holding off to try the one from Den’s as it comes in a non-resealable bag. I ordered a few Japanese tins that should arrive on Monday though :)

TeaBrat

I just got mine today and I decided to get the gift tin, which is ridiculous because I got 2 oz. of tea and the tin could easily hold 8 oz. of something! Oh well!

Mike G

Well that’s good to know. At least you can reuse it for other teas once you run out of it right :P?

SweetBlossom

Yummyyy I love fukamushi, I’m sure I’m gonna love this one :)

Shinobi_cha

If you ordered the Japanese tins from Den’s I can definitely recommend them. While they only fit up to 50g (which can be annoying at times because you have to be careful when getting tea out so as not to spill, since the sides aren’t very high), that is also the benefit, because you can split a 100g teabag into two tins, and thus keep it much fresher (you only have to open the one tin that you are using). I ordered Hashiri, Kunpu, and Houryoku, too… but all from Japan, since they come in bigger sizes!

Mike G

The tins I ordered are actually from O-cha. I ordered one before and fell in love with it, so my natural reaction was to order more :P They hold about 100 grams each. Did you order from Den’s parent company in Japan? or was it another vendor that offers those three teas?

Shinobi_cha

I ordered from the parent co. in Japan… it’s trickier since you can’t order online :
https://www.shirakata.co.jp/index.php?main_page=shippinginfo#2

Use google translate on that page… but basically you enter all the info you need and your order (not your payment details) at the email address there at the top… then after they confirm, you can fax your payment details to them, OR, if you’ve bought from Den’s Tea, they might be able to use the same info they already have on file.

Mike G

Awesome! thanks for the info. As you said, I’m interested in the bigger sizes since I tend to go through my Japanese greens rather quickly. Anyways thanks again for the info.

Shinobi_cha

You’re welcome. It’s also cheaper too, even taking higher shipping and the bad exchange rate factor into consideration…you just have to order enough to offset it. Shipping is EMS only: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/charge/list/ems2_en.html

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I loved the deep steamed Fukamushi I ordered last time from O-Cha but this similar offering from Yuuki-cha was a let down. The flavor is swampy with a lingering astringency even when brewed at low temperatures. However the taste and color of the tea improves with subsequent infusions. The first infusion is unremarkable with a pale green-yellow color. But the second infusion, 150-155 F for 30 seconds, turns bright green and with a smooth, grassy flavor and a hint of sweetness. A lot of the tea’s flavor notes begin to come out in the 2nd infusion. Third infusion, 155-160 F @ 90 seconds, was mild and pleasant.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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