When I visited Rishouen Tea in Uji, they let me try some of their teas.
This tea comes from Wazuka, also from the Uji region, and is cultivated by Mr. Tamura.
They even gave me a sample of it, which I’m very thankful for.
It’s my first review of the Z1 cultivar.
I think that it’ll probably be a long time before I try another one, because this cultivar isn’t widely available.
Let’s get this tea review going
The loose leaves are absolutely beautiful.
Small, dark and shiny. It’s such a good tea to look at.
They have a slightly sweet aroma, like what you would expect from a high grade sencha.
I prepared it using 4 grams of tea, 60ml of water at 80 °C (176 °F) and an infusion time of 1 minute.
The wet leaves smelled different, perhaps a bit floral? It’s not so apparent.
It didn’t feel like a pronounced marine fragrance, which is what you find in most Japanese tea cultivars.
I also noticed that the aroma was very similar to that of the dry leaves in terms of sweetness, which is interesting.
Alright, let’s give it a try.
Good umami flavor and slight sweetness in the aftertaste.
Seems like a clean and fresh taste. It isn’t bitter at all.
I really liked it 🙂
For the second infusion, I used the same temperature but only infused for 40 seconds.
The taste was almost the same, but lighter. Still a very good green tea.
For the third infusion I used boiling water for 30 seconds.
The taste was even lighter, with some astringency. But I found it enjoyable.
It’s quite a special tea, offering a good experience to green tea enthusiasts.