Opening this bright green packet reveals a loosely broken mixed green leaf that bares a dry, herbal, toasted grass scent.
Steeping Parameters: 5g leaf, 80C water, 200ml Kyusu
Once steeped the resulting tea is a deep, cloudy, yellow/green in colour and bares a light yet toasted sweet grass scent.
The first sips reveal a toasted, grass flavour (matching of it’s scent) with a touch of astringency and dryness. Good umami notes, sweet and floral with a lingering aftertaste. Only medium strength, not as strong as I had expected considering it’s intense colour.
It has a wooden, herbal sort of taste. Similar to the toasted rice in a genmaicha.
Overall: Honestly this is not one of my favourites, it’s a little dark and oddly herby for my liking. I prefer tencha in matcha form than in original form. It’s also rather dry. But again this was just a basic grade so I didn’t expect much from it. It’s drinkable by any means but it would not be one I would pick if given the choice.