Yokota #07: Autumn and Winter Bancha Tea Bags

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Iced 8 min or more 10 g 34 oz / 1000 ml

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Harvested in late October and November, Yokota-san adds an extra withering step to the processing of the tea leaves just before steaming allowing him to create a bancha with a natural sweetness.

Yokota-san’s Autumn and Winter Bancha are named as such because the leaves are harvested in late October and November. Bancha tea leaves, are leaves that have been allowed to grow large, which means they have a relatively high catechin to theanine ratio producing a more astringent flavor. (The late harvest of this particular bancha also means the tea is low in caffeine.)

What is interesting about this bancha is that Yokota-san allows the tea leaves to wither for about a day before the fixation occurs in steaming. This process is derived from black tea production and seems to give the tea taste profile that is mildly sweet with a hint of high quality nori seaweed (the type used for sushi) when steeped with cold water.

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While sorting through my teas after placing a hefty order for some more Japanese greens (my new passion) I found this teabag that was sent as part of the Yunomi club package. It’s a large see-through bag with 10g of beautiful bright green leaves that resemble the smell of grass and seaweed. Very sweet and green but also wonderful and vibrant.

The instructions say to leave the bag in one litre of water at room temperature for roughly 4 hours so I prepared everything ready this early evening time and it has been waiting in my kitchen. Well It has roughly 10 minutes left until it’s time to taste. It says it can either be warmed up after the steep or drank as an iced tea. I will be warming it through a little via microwave (going to try 30 seconds, I just want it luke warm).

Ok it’s finished and I had to double the steeping time to 1 minute to make the tea luke warm. The result is a yellow/green looking colour (very similar to Yellow Jade) and has virtually no scent. Also some froth on the top of the water.

It tastes very gentle and weak but does has some sweetness and hints of flowers. Also a little sour and dry, perfumed if you will, but not astringent. It said in the steeping instructions that 2 bags may be required to get it at the desired/personal strength. Another bag would bring out more of the flavours but this is still nice by itself, refreshing really to have such a light green tea.

My husband pulled a face when he touched the side of his cup and asked if it was cold (knowing full well that it was) but after his first sip his expressions changed completely, an enthusiastic ‘Mmmmmm’ parted from his lips.

Overall It’s nice and would be perfectly suited for a hot summers day but for me it’s too soft and I would prefer just a normal method green.

Iced 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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