Monday, June 26, 2017

Tea Review: Echigo Bocha, Roasted Stem Tea (Yunomi/Seikoen Tea Factory)

Echigo Bocha, Roasted Stem Tea
Seikoen Tea Factory/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka & Niigata
Product Description: A blend of toasted rice (genmai) and roasted leaf stems (kuki hojicha) that have been aged in Seikoen's natural snow-cooled warehouse (called a "yukimuro").

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

The dry leaf blend has an aroma of roasted nori and rice, reminding me of grilled onigiri.

The golden infusion has an aroma of roasted rice, fresh popcorn, and roasted nuts.  The taste has notes of grilled or roasted rice, popcorn, and roasted nuts, reminding me of ochazuke.  

The flavor and aroma notes of this tea brought to mind savory autumn and winter meals.  I was pleased with the results from steeping at 175° F and found that longer steeping times of 3-4 minutes are also enjoyable, if a little more smoky, with no notable astringency.  Results are very similar when following Yunomi's recommended shorter 1 minute steeps at a higher temperature of almost 195° F and you can expect more than 3 flavorful infusions.  




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