75

This tea has a great balanced flavour, which develops nicely over different steeps. A nice little surprise are the hidden woody flavours which are rarely found in green teas. I suppose these might originate from the use of harder twigs as well as stems.

1st steep, 68°C, 60 sec: Umami and sweet notes dominate.

2nd steep, 72°C, 30 sec: Umami and sweetness still present, but the soup is more clouded and viscous with vegetal notes coming to the fore. Very nice mouthfeel.

3rd steep, 78 °C, 60 sec: Astringent and citrus notes appear, but do not dominate.

4th steep, 85 °C, 120 sec: The taste profile is the flattest with surprisingly mild astringency. Citrus notes seem to be the most present, especially in the aftertaste.

Overall, I am impressed.

(Out of curiosity, I also went for 5th steep, 90 °C, 240 sec. As expected, the tea doesn’t have much to offer there. This last brew is somewhat bitter and grassy, but not particularly enjoyable.)

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Umami, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I have been a fan of green tea for a while and I started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth only in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

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