Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tea Review: Yanagi Bancha (Obubu)

Yanagi Bancha
Obubu/京都おぶぶ茶苑
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Wazuka
Product Description: Fairly light in body and a little sharp at the edges, Yanagi Bancha has light astringency with hints of cabbage and clove. Corn-like yellow when steeped, it gives off leafy aroma like that of freshly fallen birch leaves. Made in-between the main harvests Yanagi Bancha is one of the most common Japanese green teas.

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

The dry leaves have a sweet green aroma with notes of straw and wood.

The infusion is golden green with a sharp, sweet, green aroma.  The taste is sweet and green with nori notes, a hint of sesame, and a clean finish.

The full aroma and taste were present through three steepings.  It's worth noting that there was no astringency, even after a longer steeping time which resulted in a greener flavor.
 



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