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Lately I’ve had intense cravings for Japanese green tea and finished my stash in record time. With still a month to go until shincha season, I bought a 20g pouch of this as a stopgap. Yunomi teas in my experience aren’t that impressive but they are one of the few Japanese vendors who offer samplers which I appreciate since I didn’t want to be stuck with a 100g bag of last year’s tea.

For this tea, I used 2.5g in a 150ml kyusu starting with 140-145 F water and steeped for 1 minute. Leaves had the signature scent of warm grass and nori seaweed. In the warmed kyusu, I got new aromas of spinach and stir fried kale and swiss chard. The first steep is light and mellow with the taste of freshly cut grass, umami, and a little sweetness as it cools. A little reminiscent of kabusecha though not as earthy. Second infusion is with hotter water, anywhere from 165 F to boiling, and has a thick deep color and texture. Strong vegetal taste like broccoli with a bit of chalkiness. It’s like drinking a thin matcha. Third steep is flatter with a generic green tea flavor.

Though not a particularly exciting tea, it’s still quite serviceable and decent for a year old sencha. Doesn’t resteep well so it’s kind of a “one and done” tea.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Ubacat

I agree about Yunomi. I used to order loads of samples and might find one jewel in the bunch.

LuckyMe

Yeah, they are fine for run of the mill things like genmaicha but their sencha always seems a little lacking to me. The only tea that really stands out is a blend: Sencha with Sugared Sakura leaves

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Ubacat

I agree about Yunomi. I used to order loads of samples and might find one jewel in the bunch.

LuckyMe

Yeah, they are fine for run of the mill things like genmaicha but their sencha always seems a little lacking to me. The only tea that really stands out is a blend: Sencha with Sugared Sakura leaves

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Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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