Advent Tea Calendar Day 21
Ureshino Select: Oku
Origin: Japan, Saga Prefecture, Ureshino
Product Description: From the Ureshino region of Saga Prefecture, “Oku” is a special selection of sencha tea leaves that has skipped the last rolling process (also called tamaryokucha). Blended from the saemidori and yabukita cultivars, “Oku” has a perfect harmony of sweetness and bitterness that leaves a thick and satisfying aftertaste.
Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes
The dry leaves have a savory-sweet umami aroma with notes of edamame, grass, and marine green.
The bright green infusion has a savory aroma of cooked edamame (soy beans) and grass. The flavor is smooth, umami-filled, and green, with edamame notes, low astringency, and a long green finish.
This tea was savory and delicious through three infusions with the second infusion having the boldest color and flavor. If you prefer a more astringent experience, a slightly higher temperature (185° F) should bring that out.