My first shincha of 2017. This tea promises a unique flavor that’s rich in orchid florals. The orchid flavor makes a brief appearance but is muddled with persistent bitterness which reminded me of sheng puerh.
I steeped 2g of leaf in a 120ml teapot.
Leaf appearance: dark, broken leaves that turn an unappealing yellow after steeping. barely any aroma.
First steep: 60s @ 160 F. Light bodied, pale yellowish liquor. it has some gyokuro umami and melon like fruitiness.
Second steep: 20s @ 170 F. A nice hint of sweet orchid clashing with the tea’s astringency.
Third steep: 85s @ 170 F. Sharply astringent
At $8 for 10g, this was the most expensive sencha I’ve ever tried and not worth it when a quality gyokuro can be had for half the price.
Flavors: Astringent, Orchid