Yet another Backlog from late August 2005. Three things in the description sold me on this tea—early spring, exclusively for us, and “spider leg” style. Early spring meant fresh and new, plus I liked the exclusivity of the tea, and I really enjoy “spider leg” style teas. Here’s my review from Upton’s:

Dry Leaf: Very Good, Infused Leaf: Very Good,
Liquor: Very Good, Value: Very Good

“I brew this tea around 160-170 degrees for 1.5 min for a sweet, aromatic cup with that sencha bite. Dry & infused leaf smells great! Leaves are soo tender and a wonderful green color. A definite reorder for me in the future.”

Dry leaf aroma was fantastic, with a very green leaf. Green color in the cup, with a very nice aroma. Love the brothy nature of the cup and the flavor was so full and fresh. The sencha bite I describe is typical of many senchas, and to me not bitter. You do have to watch steep time carefully as it can become bitter. Once in a while, I would add more leaf and resteep with wet leaves for a second cup. Usually the second cup was a little bitter, but still a good cup ( 1 min 45 sec at 175-180 degrees).

I always thought I’d reorder this tea, and would….again it sold out! :( Waiting for a restock…….and waiting…….and waiting…….

Reviewed: Sun., 09-04-2011.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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