Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tea Review: Imperial Shira-ore Stem Tea (Yunomi/Kurihara Tea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 2

Imperial Shira-ore Stem Tea
Kurihara Tea/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Fukuoka Prefecture
Product Description: Shira-ore is the term used for kukicha, or leaf stem tea, in the Kyushu region (the southernmost major island of Japan). This shira-ore from the Yame-based farm, Kurihara Tea, was taken from early spring harvests of Kurihara-san's tea fields.

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

The dry leaves have a rich, nutty, and sharply sweet green aroma.

The pale green infusion has a savory and nutty aroma with notes of sun-warmed grass.  The taste is smooth, sweet, and green with a fresh, clean, green finish.

Though the recommended brewing temperature was 140° F, I really enjoyed this tea at 175° F.  It had the sweetness and umami that I would expect as well as a light bite of astringency.  Steeping a slightly larger amount of leaves at 140° F produced a thick and sweet umami flavor and aroma.




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