Got 10 grams of this from Yunomi a while back, and since I don’t have any other shaded greens open, figured I’d try this one! I leafed lighter than what I usually would, since I only have 10 grams and would like to get another session out of it, so I also decreased the water in the first steep. The liquor poured a mostly yellow green as the first steep often does, and it hit the tip of my tongue with sweetness while coating my mouth with umami and briny broth. A hint of bitterness develops at the back of the tongue, and a buttery aftertaste remains in my mouth until I refill my cup.
I use a bit more water in the second steep since there is usually a lot of trapped flavor ready to come out, and the flavor in this steep is more vegetal and light, with a hint of something that seems almost fruity, but I can’t quite place it. The texture is very smooth. Next time I have this one I think I’ll keep the water down in all steeps, as I prefer a more concentrated flavor. Also, that odd fruitiness leaves its aroma behind in the empty cup.
Steep three is almost identical to steep two. Liquor in the last two steeps was a bit of a light green, but stayed more sencha-like than anything else. I will need to give this one another try, but while this one was good at the start, I think I prefer kabusecha and mecha (which is like gyokuro made from buds) over this so far. But I know mecha is known for having more steeping longevity.
Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal