Monday, June 22, 2015

Tea Review: Sencha of the Spring Sun (Yunomi/Obubu)

Sencha of the Spring Sun
Yunomi/Obubu
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kyoto
Product Description:  First flush harvest from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations, this unshaded sencha is made with Yabukita cultivar tea leaves.

Temperature: 140° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaf aroma is sharp, fresh-cut green, lightly marine with woody notes and a floral hint.

The pale green infusion has a light fresh green and nutty aroma with a taste that is sweetly green with notes of macadamia nut and oats, a hint of umami, and a clean green finish.

I was concerned that 1 minute would not be enough time to steep this sencha as it is so light in aroma, but the color brightens and a pleasant bite of astringency develops in the second and third infusions that might not be so pleasant at a longer steeping time.  Floral notes seemed to develop by the third infusion, reminding me of the Spring season this tea represents.




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