Many thanks to Webexpoo.com for sending me this sample.
Maruchu (丸忠) is a tea company in Kakegawa city, Shizuoka prefecture.
They cultivate the tea using a sustainable farming practice, and process it themselves.
I searched for their website but it looks like they don’t have one.
The cultivar isn’t specified, it must be Yabukita then.
Anyway, you can’t go wrong with a fukamushi sencha from Shizuoka prefecture.
Nowadays I’m drinking deep steamed sencha more frequently than normal sencha.
So I guess that I’m qualified for this review 🙂
Reviewing a deep steamed green tea
First thing to notice is a wonderful, sweet aroma. It may be a first harvest tea.
The leaves have a good appearance, although there are a few stems present. Nevertheless it seems like a high quality tea.
I infused it in 60 ml (2 oz) of water at a temperature of 80°C (158°F) for 40 seconds.
Once infused, the wet leaves have a marine aroma. It feels fresh and lightly sweet.
I love this tea’s bright green liquor.
The taste is mellow, with plenty of umami. Not bitter nor astringent at all.
It is very refreshing and has a long aftertaste.
Using the same temperature and infusion time, the second infusion produced a darker green color.
Less umami taste and a slight astringency. But still a good green tea.
I then halved the time for the third infusion. Very similar in taste and color to the second one.
For the fourth and final one, I just used boiling water for five seconds.
It was smooth, very enjoyable. Although it was a lighter flavor.
In conclusion, it’s an excellent tea. Just what I had imagined it would be like.