Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tea Review: Single Cultivar Sencha Asatsuyu (Yunomi/Dobashien)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 3

Single Cultivar Sencha, Asatsuyu
Dobashien/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture
Product Description: Sencha Asatsuyu is a single cultivar green tea made from Shizuoka's asatsuyu cultivar, famous for naturally providing a gyokuro-like taste profile filled with umami richness.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaf aroma is sweet, nutty, and marine green, with light mineral notes.

The opaque green infusion has a savory, grassy green, and nutty aroma.  The taste is mildly astringent, freshly green, savory and sweet with umami, with a long, fresh green finish.

This sencha has similarities to gyokuro and I found that steeping at two minutes brought out more astringency than I prefer.  A shorter steeping time of one minute resulted in delicious umami and a pleasant, mild astringency.




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