This asamushi (light-steamed) sencha is organic and comes from Fujieda in Shizuoka prefecture.
I heard good things about this tea. Can’t wait to try it.
Tasting a floral sencha
The tea leaves have a floral and sweet aroma.
It reminds me of chamomile. Very pleasant.
Now I’ll evaluate the appearance of the tea leaves.
They aren’t as uniform, but nevertheless it is a good shape and size.
The dark green color is desirable.
I don’t get the chance to drink asamushi sencha so often.
So I may be lacking practice with this type of green tea. But better late than never.
The steeping time is longer than for a normal steamed sencha. A minute and a half.
But the temperature and volume of water are the same: 60 ml (2 oz) and 80ºC (176ºF).
After the infusion, the wet leaves have a floral and sweet aroma with notes of pine.
It’s a light yellow liquor.
Let’s see what it tastes like.
The floral taste is similar to jasmine. I even feel it in the aftertaste.
It has a good amount of umami and also feels refreshing.
I don’t sense bitterness, but it has a slight astringency.
Now I’ll make another infusion, but I’ll set the time to 1 minute.
The liquor has a lighter color, and the flavor is also not as intense as before.
It might also be more astringent.
The third and final infusion lasted 30 seconds with the same temperature.
Lighter in color and taste, but there isn’t much astringency, so it is easier to drink.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of floral teas.
But this tea was a good experience.