Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tea Review: Kyobancha (Obubu)

Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Wazuka
Product Description: Extremely light and mellow, this Kyobancha presents subtly sweet taste with undertones of roasted hazelnut. Its color is that of a yellow-tinted bronze that is accompanied by an earthy aroma of fallen maple leaves. Grown organically and made from the last harvest of the year, provides one of the lightest experiences.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of antique wood, barley malt, nuts and sweet oats.

The infusion is caramel in color with an aroma of maple, roasted vegetables, and nuts.  The taste is smooth and sweet with light woody notes and a hint of maple and caramelized sugar.

The first infusion holds the most character with a taste that somehow manages to be smooth and delicate while also being flavorful.  The flavor reminded me faintly of mizuyokan, a sweet I enjoyed at tea ceremony some time ago.  

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