Advent Tea Calendar Day 5
Ocha no Kanbayashi/お茶のかんばやし
Origin: Japan, Uji
Product Description: Not Provided.
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.