Since I had a good experience with my first tea review from Yannoko Tea, I decided to try another one.
This sencha comes from Ujitawara town in Kyoto prefecture, which is inside the famous Uji region.
One interesting thing is that it’s a blend of two cultivars: Yabukita and Okumidori.
These two cultivars are often mixed, so they must make a good match.
A final and important aspect is that this tea is from the first harvest of the year.
Reviewing a sencha blend
The tea leaves exhibit a light sweetness. But the aroma itself isn’t as intense as I would have wanted.
The appearance is very good, all of the leaves are small, have a dark green color and the right shape.
Now that I think of it, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to take a picture of this green tea with a green background?
But I’ll just taste this tea and forget about photography, which I’m not very good at.
As usual, this sencha was prepared with 4 grams of tea, and 60 ml (2 oz) of water at 80 °C (176 F°). I infused it for one minute.
The wet leaves have a delicious aroma. Deeply marine, with vegetal notes.
Inside the cup, this tea has a clear yellow color with few sediments.
After tasting it, I’m convinced that it’s from the first harvest.
It has a balanced umami and sweetness. And of course, no bitterness nor astringency.
I felt very good after trying it 🙂
For the second infusion I kept everything the same, except the time. I infused it for 40 seconds.
This infusion was as good as the first one. Perhaps there was a bit less umami taste.
The color of the liquor became green.
But why stop there? This tea can offer a third infusion too.
So I did the same but for only 30 seconds.
The flavor was weaker, but I liked it nevertheless. There was some astringency present.
It’s a good sencha, it offers a high quality for its price.
Here’s the link to the product page.