Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tea Review: Kamigokoro (Ocha no Kanbayashi)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 5

Kamigokoro Gyokuro
Ocha no Kanbayashi/お茶のかんばやし
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Uji
Product Description: Not Provided.

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

The dry leaves have a fresh green, lightly salty marine aroma with notes of sunflower seeds and seasoned wood.

The infusion is clear and green with a light green, buttery, nutty aroma.  The flavor is smooth, nutty, savory, and sweet with a mouthwatering finish.

While this is marketed as a gyokuro, it was recommended to me by Kanbayashi's owner when I asked about kabusecha.  The umami is definitely present, though milder than I would expect with gyokuro.  As a kabusecha, it's excellent and I would recommend steeping it at a slightly higher temperature (150°F) to bring out the full flavor and aroma.

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