drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
24 tasting notes

Third tea from the Lupicia pack.

This ‘festival’ sencha is clearly a fukamushi sencha as it is written on the leaves and in Japanese on the package. (One thing that strikes me is how much that I could have missed if I did not know Japanese. Usually, they write a lot in Japanese, but leave only a small English translation. Oh well.) The leaves are tiny, almost like powder, and the smell is good.

The amount recommended was about 110 cc for 3-4g of tea. I guess that means about 2 dl for 5g, being generous with water. I might have used a bit to much water as the cup I use usually use contains about 2.5 dl, and I poured in enough water to fill the whole cup.

As a result I guess the first cup, although very good, without any trace of bitterness, was perhaps just a bit bleak. I would have wanted it to be a bit stronger. The second cup went to my Japanese resident manager as we often enjoy tea together. The third cup, however, was strong, sweet and deilicious! Especially, the aftertaste, or umami if you want, was what made this tea special.

I might not buy this right away, as I have loads of tea to consume, but it is a tea I will keep in mind when shopping sencha.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Tea grew to be one of my major hobbies for about two years ago, and I have been able to taste a lot of different brands. Unfortunately, most of the local stores I use and the ones I encountered while in Japan, are not registered here yet, but I will do my best to register them – in time.

As I once again will be having the honour of staying in Japan for about one year from September 2010, I would like to keep track of the teas I discover, the names, taste and so on.



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