Sugimoto Tea Sencha Asatsuyu

Sugimoto Tea Sencha AsatsuyuI received this sample from Sugimoto Tea.

It’s not on their online tea store. Single cultivar sencha is something that they’re trying out with their wholesale clients.

Asatsuyu is a very interesting cultivar. It’s often called “natural gyokuro” because it has a high umami flavor without the need of undergoing the shading process like gyokuro does.

I had tried a tea from this cultivar so many years ago, that I honestly don’t remember much. That’s why I’m happy to get the chance to taste it again 🙂

Tasting Asatsuyu for the second time

To be more precise, this is a fukamushi sencha. It’s easy to tell because the tea leaves are broken down into tiny pieces.

The leaves have an intense green color, it’s a good sign.

But the best thing so far is that the aroma of this tea is richly sweet and creamy.

The package doesn’t say much about the tea, but I think that it’s from a first harvest. Because it smells like shincha or a good gyokuro.

I’ll prepare it as a fukamushi sencha, which means 3 grams of tea for 60 ml (2 oz) of water at 80 °C (176 °F), with an infusion time of 40 seconds.

The wet leaf aroma is not as intense as I would have imagined. I’ll describe it as slightly sweet and fresh, with hints of seaweed.

Sugimoto Tea Sencha Asatsuyu brewedI served it and enjoyed its wonderful green color.

It was a bit darker than you see in the picture, because by the time I took it the sediments had collected at the bottom.

And at last I took a sip of this green tea.

It’s very different, a lot of body with a strong umami flavor. I’m very impressed.

I’m not sure how to describe it, but I feel that it has a deep taste. And it isn’t astringent nor bitter. Not very sweet either.

I then made a second infusion, but for 20 seconds.

The liquor became greener. While the umami taste had diminished, it still had no bitterness and astringency.

Also a good cup of green tea.

For the third infusion I infused for only 10 seconds.

It tasted like a normal fukamushi sencha. Still quite good.

The fourth and last infusion was in boiling water, no longer than 5 seconds.

Amazingly, the green color was just as strong. Another good cup of tea that wasn’t astringent nor bitter.

I can’t say much more about this tea, except that it’s excellent.

 

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