Monday, July 18, 2016

Tea Review: Ureshino Kamairicha (Yunomi/Chakouan Tea Shop)

Ureshino Kamairicha
Chakouan Tea Shop/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Saga Prefecture, Ureshino
Product Description: Kamairicha (literally pan-fired tea) is a type of tea that is made by skipping the steaming process and freshly picked leaves are roasted and rolled, a method introduced from China in 15-16th century. Oolong tea and many other Chinese teas are processed in this way. Ureshino in Saga Prefecture is said to be the first region in which this kamairi method was introduced and therefore is often produced in Kyushu.

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

The dry leaves have an aroma of nuts, hay, seasoned wood, and cut grass warming in the sun.

The infusion is bright golden green with a buttery, nutty, and green aroma. The taste is lightly astringent, savory, green, and nutty.

Two minutes steeping time brought out the best flavor, though the liquor does become greener with a slightly shorter steeping time. After the first infusion, the flavor and aroma were lighter while still being refreshing, with a light astringency throughout.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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