Monday, January 22, 2018

Tea Review: Obukucha Sencha with Gold Flakes (Yunomi/Miyano Tea Factory)

Obukucha Sencha with Gold Flakes
Yunomi/Miyano Tea Factory
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Saitama Prefecture, Sayama
Product Description: Obukucha from the Miyano Tea Factory is a celebratory green tea with gold flakes attached to separately instead of blended with the leaves. While obukucha usually involves a blending of sencha with dried ume (Japanese plum or apricot) and other ingredients besides gold flakes, this particularly tea is a pure sencha green tea.

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

The dry leaves have a nutty aroma reminiscent of macadamia nuts with mild marine and mineral notes.

The infusion is bright green and partially opaque with a sharp green aroma similar to freshly cut grass warming in the sun along with nutty notes.  The flavor is thickly green with moderate to bold astringency and a long, refreshingly sweet finish.

The second infusion is remarkably bold, even with a reduced steeping time of 1.5 minutes and I would recommend reducing the time to between 30 seconds and 1 minute to moderate the astringency.  The third infusion and beyond can be readily steeped for 2 minutes or longer with good results. 

The gold flakes are packaged separately, so you can enjoy the tea on its own merits or add a few gold flakes for festive and auspicious occasions.  They added a nice touch to my New Year's Eve meal. 







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