Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tea Review: Sakura Wood Smoked Black Tea (Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden/Yunomi)

Sakura Wood Smoked Black Tea/燻製紅茶
Yunomi/Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shimada
Product Description: Black tea smoked with wood from the sakura or Japanese cherry blossom tree. No flavorings or additives used.

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

The dry leaves have a smoky aroma with a faint floral hint of sakura (cherry blossoms).

The deep red infusion has a heady aroma of smoke with a faintly sweet note of sakura.  The taste is smoky, though not overpoweringly so, mildy astringent and mouth-watering with the same faint notes of sakura. 

Matsumoto-san is pioneering smoked teas in Japan and it has been fascinating to experience the unique characteristics that result from different sources of wood smoke.  I've had some exposure to sakura-infused food and drink and I found hints of those familiar notes in this tea.  Though the first two infusions had the fullest flavor, a third infusion was also enjoyable.

No comments:

Post a Comment