Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tea Review: Ureshino Select: Oku (Yunomi/Chakouan)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 21

Ureshino Select: Oku
Yunomi/Chakouan
Type:  Green
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.







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