Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tea Review: Goishicha (Yunomi/Furyu)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 11

Type: Dark
Origin: Japan, Kochi Prefecture, Otoyo
Product Description: Although this tea has been drunk and loved by people living on the islands of Setonaikai (Inland Sea of Japan), it is known as an extremely rare tea because of the decline in its production. At one point there was only one producer of this tea.

In recent years, however, with the support of the local government, a cooperative has been established to produce this tea. Japanese tea lovers have taken notice of goishicha once again due to its efficacy as a dieting aid.

The tea tastes a bit sour so we recommend that it be served cold. (Make sure to cool the tea in the refrigerator after brewing the tea.)

This particular tea is grown organically, without the use of pesticides.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 2 grams
Steeping Time: 5 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of prunes, dates, and spices.

The red-orange infusion has a sweet aroma of molasses, prunes, and lemon.  The taste is lightly tart and sweet with light notes of molasses.

This tea was flavorful throughout three steepings and could likely have been steeped one or two more times with good results.  I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet molasses-like notes. 

This tea was purchased by me.

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