This one, however, is from 2012!
This sample was given to me by webexpoo.com. I thank them for letting me review this interesting tea 🙂
It won a “fine product prize” at the 2015 Nihoncha Award.
Finally, it is of the Saemidori cultivar.
Let’s taste a vintage tea
The tea leaves have a sweet and creamy aroma. It’s sort of faint, but very pleasant.
Even though it is a deep steamed tea, the tea leaves have a great appearance. They aren’t broken down at all and look thin, with an intense green color.
In other words, this tea has such good quality leaves that it will surely taste good no matter if it’s aged or not.
I prepared it with 4 grams of tea, 60 ml (2 oz) of water at 80 °C (176 °F), and 40 seconds of steeping time.
The wet leaf aroma was marine, fresh and mellow.
I can’t help but imagine if the farmer had thought back then that someone like me would be publishing a review about this tea in the future.
2012 was the year when I started this blog.
But let’s concentrate on this tea tasting.
I found it to be rich in umami and some sweetness. Overall it feels very smooth.
There isn’t bitterness nor astringency, and it also offers a lightly sweet aftertaste.
It feels aged, in the sense that the usual sharpness of the vegetal tone isn’t present.
I steeped it again with the same parameters and found a bolder tea, even the liquor had a darker color.
I thought that it was a very good tea as well. It was easy to drink.
Then for the third infusion, which again I prepared in the same way, there wasn’t much umami flavor left but it was enjoyable, although a bit light.
I could tell that the fourth infusion would be the limit. So I just used boiling water for 15 seconds.
This time it tasted like a good bancha.
I can tell you that it is a very good tea. And also quite unique.