Hand-picked Sencha

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Green Tea
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Berry, Bitter, Melon, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
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160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Awesome, another Obubu tea that had yet to be added to the directory. I’m happy to be the first reviewer. The leaves of this sencha are very tightly rolled and very deep, dark green. I’m brewing...” Read full tasting note

From Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

Medium-bodied with a long presence, this Sencha offers a balance of sweetness and astringency accompanied by grassy and vegetal notes. These emerald green needles create a light golden liquor with a floral aftertaste. Grown in full sunshine and picked by hand for the National Tea Competition, it is one of the most luxurious Senchas.

Taste: Astringent
Body: Medium
Texture: Rounded
Length: Long
Harvest: May
Tea Cultivar: Yabukita
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Steamed, Rolled, Dried

About Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms View company

It started with a single cup of tea. As the legend goes, our president Akihiro Kita, or Akky-san, visited Wazuka, Kyoto one fateful day. At the time, Akky-san was still a college student in search for life's calling. After trying the region's famous Ujicha (literally meaning tea from the Uji district), he immediately fell in love and his passion for green tea was born. He had finally found what he was looking for in that one simple cup of tea. After fifteen years of learning to master the art of growing tea from tea farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms was born and as they say, the rest is history. So what's an Obubu? Obubu is the Kyoto slang for tea. Here in the international department we call ourselves Obubu Tea. That's "Tea Tea" for the bilinguals. We love tea so much, we just had to have it twice in our name. Now Obubu means more than just tea to us. It means, family, friends, passion and the place we call home. More than just tea. Though the roots of Obubu stem from tea, it has become more than that over the years. Obubu is an agricultural social venture, operating with three (1) bring quality Japanese tea to the world (2) contribute to the local and global community through tea (3) revitalize interest in tea and agriculture through education.

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Awesome, another Obubu tea that had yet to be added to the directory. I’m happy to be the first reviewer.

The leaves of this sencha are very tightly rolled and very deep, dark green. I’m brewing about 3g per 100 ml of water in a Tokoname-ware Kyusu. I added 5C degrees each infusion. Half the time on second infusion, then increasing from there.

The scent of the warm leaves in the kyusu reminds me of sweet grass and foliage. As the leaves brew, they have immediately changed to a very bright emerald green. The brewed leaves smell more vegetal and still quite sweet. The tea liquor is a bold yellow, just a tinge green.

The flavor is intense, with a really rich umami and sweetness. There is only a slight bitterness in the finish. A difficult flavor to describe, there’s a bit of a fruity tanginess to it, like berries. I can definitely taste notes of melon, and there are subtle hints of mint or camphor in the aroma. The sweetness and umami of this tea really linger in my mouth, making me salivate quite a bit.

There is a top note that hits just a little bit strong, and combining with the bitterness tastes a bit soapy. It’s not overwhelming, but it could be offputting for some people. The second infusion is a little more bitter than the first, and has a definite melon note.

The third infusion is lighter, sweet and with less bitterness. More of the same flavors.

All in all, a really unique and interesting sencha, definitely one of the best I’ve had from Obubu if you’re not opposed to a bit of refreshing bitterness. This is one I will more than likely purchase again.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Melon, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I love Obubu :)


Me too. tears of joy


hahahah my response every brew session xD

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