The Leaf: Nice, deep, dark green hue throughout the leaves, with a certain sheen to them. They are rolled very tightly. Each leaf is very thin and long, like a needle, average length is about 3-4cm. Some of the leaves are bent back around themselves making them look almost like tiny hair pins. The scent is deep and grassy, almost with slight nutty undertone.

The Brew: The liquor is a light pale green-yellow. It is clear, but with a large amount of leaf hair suspended making it seem slightly cloudy. The aroma is bright and fresh. The overtone is of fresh cut grass, while I detect an undertone of citrus rind. The taste is fairly astringent with a full, bright, crispness. With this, though, there is an underlying umami flavor, making the full flavor have a certain richness. The mouthfeel is very dry, due to the astringency and possible the high concentration of leaf hair. Long after the flavor is gone, there is a certain tackiness left on the tongue.

Note: I brewed this tea by putting the leaves in a glass carafe along with cold water, then setting it out in the sun for approximately 4 hours. This is known as sun tea. The temperature of the water only becomes warm, probably less than 40 degrees Celsius.

I drink all of my teas cold.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass

140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I’ve been a tea drinker since I was a teenager, and have only gotten more addicted to tea as time goes on. I’m currently at a couple of liters a day.

I love all styles of tea, but as I currently live in Japan I’m checking out many of the teas available here; bancha, kukicha, and houjicha to name a few. I’m also a big fan of Assam tea, and almost all herbal teas including rooibos and mate.

My favorite way to brew tea is using a brew device from Taiwan that is marketed in the US under names like IngenuiTEA, and Perfect Teamaker. The device allows ample room for your leaves and makes cleanup quick and easy. I like the brewer so much I’m actually trying to market it in Japan.


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