Kagoshima Sencha Yutaka Midori

Tea type
Green Tea
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Flavors
Fruity, Grass, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal, Asparagus
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170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 oz / 199 ml

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  • “It’s shincha, baby! Woo! Guh. The smell kills me. So awesome. Faintly buttery, green, thick. It makes my mouth water. I’m seriously not one for much prep work with tea making because I’m...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Rich. Delicious. Like a warm bowl of stew on a cold evening. This is a very nice treat, but not like an ice cream, more like filet mignon. Not only this, but it has such a nice aftertaste. This is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “On my Oregon adventure, I shared this tea as a special delicacy with my wonderful hosts and friends. The emerald, graceful, silky infusions were like little keys, sip by sip turning the lock of...” Read full tasting note
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From the first harvest and currently in shincha form, a very special sencha from Kagoshima prefecture located at the southern tip of Japan. Considered by many connoisseurs to be our finest sencha green tea! An exceptionally “green” green tea, we are pleased to be able to offer a green tea of quality to our customers. We urge you to compare this sencha against any of the others available on the internet for that nice emerald green color and wonderful taste. Try some today!

Growing Region: 100% Kagoshima
Year Harvested: 2010
Grown Under: Full Sun
Steaming: Deep
Aroma: Medium
Taste: Medium
Astringency: Medium
Consistency: Thick/Cloudy
Breed: Yutakamidori
Recommended Brew Temp: 170F / 77C
Recommended Brew Time: 45 seconds
Recommended Leaf to Water Ratio: .6g per 1oz (30ml) water
Notes: A legendary green tea, one of our very best

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This was a shincha originally bought back in 2014 and stored until just recently when it was time to revisit. I’ve got to say that even with age this is just as amazing as I remember. The usual grassy goodness but also so much more…like a buttery miso soup. I have several other Japanese green teas stored and will slowly start to drink them down and share if there is interest in older stored green teas. This was a shared tea session which is always nice and a great excuse for larger teaware.

6g of beautiful bright green leaf, 290ml Masaki Tachi Shigaraki Kyusu, with a 20s first steep at 190F, second at 5s, third at 10s and a fourth and fifth at 200F for 45s and 60s. Served in an
Oni hagi warikoudai yunomi by Yamane Seigan.

Part of "A Week of Tea Exploration” suggested by Lion on Steepster, day two of seven, green tea.

The session:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxQ_zxBUrQ/

The tea:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxTA0PhUvB/

The teapot:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxU40TBUi2/

Preparation
6 g 10 OZ / 290 ML

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Just got the 2014 shincha yutaka midori last week and it is quite amazing. So incredibly fresh and flavorful. It is a shame that they are already sold out of it. I have had the normal sencha version as well and it is just as good. I’ve found that to get the best flavor, use about a teaspoon and a half in 170 degrees for the first two steeps, then much higher for the third. You won’t be disappointed!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I used 4g of tea in 4 oz. of water…

- steep #1 (68 deg. C, 60 sec.) sweet, chestnut, vegetables, umami…delicious taste…liquid is clear if the kyusu is not shaken during pouring, when I make one “swinging” move, the liquid is not so clear

- steep #2 (71 deg. C, 20 sec.) deep green broth, still sweet taste, grassy taste comming in, still full of umami…fukamushi shincha as good as it gets

- steep #3 (74 deg. C, 45 sec.) a little thinner brew, but still excellent for 3rd brew, thick soup, grassy, some umami still there

- steep #4 (77 deg. C, 80 sec.) this one is quite thinner, but because there is not much bitterness, it’s still enjoyable

Excellent tea, this year (2012) is on par, or even better as the 2010 tea.

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Smooth green goodness. Bright first notes – almost citrus, the end is creamy.

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