Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tea Review: Naturally Grown Wakayama Aged Japanese Black Tea (Dokodemosora/Yunomi)

Naturally Grown Wakayama Aged Japanese Black Tea/どこでもそら 和紅茶
Yunomi/Dokodemosora (どこでもそら)
Type: Black
Origin: Japan, Fukuoka Prefecture, Yame
Product Description: Tea farmer Dai Oizumi creates this black tea from his second flush Yabukita leaf harvest in late June, and ages it at least half a year before release.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of pepper, fragrant wood, and faint hints of citrus and vanilla.

The red infusion has a sweet and tart aroma of baked fruit and caramelized sugar.  The taste is malty and sweet, light on astringency with a long sweet finish. 

Due to purposeful aging, this is a fairly mellow black tea that doesn't turn bitter with a longer steeping time.  I liked it at 3 minutes and I loved it at 5 minutes.  It stayed pleasantly sweet throughout three infusions with some interesting baked yam notes appearing by the second infusion.

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