Monday, December 18, 2017

Tea Review: Issaku (Japanese Green Tea In)

Japanese Green Tea In
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka
Product Description:  Issaku is proud masterpiece green tea created by Farm Master Mr. Arahata at Arahataen Green Tea Farm. If you are looking for the best, traditional, and authentic Japanese green tea online, you have found it.

Issaku is the highest-grade tea available from Arahataen, and, due to the complex and long process of creating the tea, only a limited quantity is available to produce every year. This tea is rare, even in Japan to enjoy.

This is the best premium traditional Japanese green tea offered by The tea is handpicked once a year on new crop, processed with the highest technology, and available in Japanese Market.

Temperature: 160° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have a rich, buttery, nutty, and green aroma with marine and mineral notes.

The bright green infusion has a fresh green aroma with buttery and nutty notes, savory umami, and a long sweet green finish.

While I enjoyed this fukamushi (deep-steamed) tea and 160° F, it would also do quite well at 175° F.  Reducing the second infusion to 1.5 minutes produced a thick liquor that was bold but not too much so.  Sweetness had moved to the front by the third infusion and a slight increase in temperature or steeping time would easily bring out at least a few more refreshing infusions.

This tea was produced using chagusaba which has been designated a UNESCO Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.  Tea fields are surrounded by Japanese grasses which are harvested and laid around and between the tea field hedges to provide soil fertilization and weed prevention. 

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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