Gyokuro Mecha, The Discovery
Origin: Japan, Uji
Product Description: A delicious discovery, an easy introduction to the world of gyokuro tea. Besides the amazingly savory umami flavor characteristic of gyokuro, 'The Discovery' is also extremely versatile releasing savory umami flavor at a much wider range of flavors than gyokuro tea itself.
Part of the secret is that this tea from Uji, Kyoto, selected by 3rd generation tea master Shuichi Nakamura, is simply very high quality leaf. The other part of the secret is the fact that it is 'mecha' 芽茶 usually defined to be the tips of the leaf that break off during production.
Temperature: 140° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes
The dry leaves have an aroma of sun-warmed fresh-cut grass, buttery macadamia nuts, and marine air.
The infusion is bright green with an aroma that is sweet and savory, grassy green, and nutty. The taste is thick with savory umami, nutty, and green.
Second and third infusions steeped for 1 1/2 minutes produced a thick, opaque liquor with the fresh green, lightly astringent flavor moving to the front while the umami remained present.
On a personal note, this is the delicious tea I prepared for my Mecha with Mecha photo.