Monday, May 11, 2015

Tea Review: Sencha (Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America)

Sencha (Ofukucha)
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
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 sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, and butter with a hint of fresh green "bite".

The infusion is light green with a savory, buttery, nutty aroma.  The taste is umami and green with light astringency and a long green, nutty finish.

The leaves and liquor are beautiful and typical of what I would expect from a good sencha.  The second steeping provided the boldest cup with a bright green color and thick, fresh green, and mildly astringent taste.  It was still producing flavorful tea through three infusions and I would expect to get at least one or two more from the same leaves.

This sencha was donated to Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America where it was available for purchase during Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the New Year. Ofukucha is generally a quality sencha or genmaicha, sometimes with additional auspicious ingredients, meant to bring good fortune and longevity in the New Year.

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