Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Aged Yukimuro Sencha - Yunomi/Seikoen Tea Factory

Aged Yukimuro Sencha
Yunomi/Seikoen Tea Factory
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture & Niigata
Product Description: Sencha tea leaves from Shizuoka are carefully refined and aged in Seikoen's natural snow-cooled warehouse (called a "yukimuro").

While the mechanism needs more research, something about this unique aging process (perhaps due to the temperature which hovers just below zero in a state in which water is neither freezing nor liquid) causes the tea to increase multiple chemical components that make up the tea leaf's umami flavor.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1-2 minutes

The dry leaves have a savory and fresh green aroma with notes of butter, nuts, and minerals.

The bright green infusion has an aroma that is savory with umami, buttery, and mineral green.  The taste is sweet and savory with a mildly astringent finish.

Aging in cold storage seems to have mellowed the astringency while the flavor and aroma tend more savory with umami than I usually encounter with fresh sencha.

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

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