Monday, August 4, 2014

Tea Review: Yanaka Midori (Chaho Kanekichi-en)

Yanaka Midori (谷中みどり - Mid-grade)
Chaho Kanekichi-en/金吉園
Type:  Green
Origin:  Japan 
Product Description:  Not provided.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of cocoa, wood, grass, and nuts.

The bright green infusion has a nutty, buttery, warm edamame (soybean) aroma.  The taste is smooth, nutty, and savory with a hint of green and edamame (soybean) and the barest hint of astringency.

A second infusion provided equally good results after steeping for one minute.  Much of the flavors from the first infusion were still present with a slight increase in grassy green flavor, mild astringency, and a long green finish.  The matcha was mostly washed away after a second infusion, so a third infusion was considerably weaker.  The first two cups provide more than enough flavorful and aromatic results.

This tea is only available in-store in Japan.  

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