After the podcast episode with Sugimoto America, I was sent this tea for a review!
It’s a deep-steamed sencha, a type of green tea that’s very popular in the Shizuoka region.
As you can see in the close-up picture, there are many broken leaves, but that’s normal because the leaves of a fukamushicha are very brittle. Nonetheless, you can still appreciate some tightly rolled, high quality leaves.
The leaves have an attractive green color, and the aroma is very fresh and a little sweet.
What does it taste like?
Using 3 grams of leaves, and 70 ml of water at 80°C (176°F), I brewed the tea for 40 seconds.
The taste is intense, not like your usual sencha, it has more body and a richer taste. I felt some sweetness, it’s very faint.
Finally, bitterness and astringency are minimal.
I re-infused the tea leaves a second and third time, with good results.
If you find that normal sencha is too weak for your taste, try Sugimoto America’s Sencha Fukamushi. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.