Friday, June 29, 2018

Tea Review: Organic Saemidori Gyokuro (Charaku)

Organic Saemidori Gyokuro
Charaku
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kirishima
Product Description: This Organic Gyokuro from Kirishima infuses to a golden-green hue, and is a smooth tea with good mouthfeel, nice amami (sweetness), a slight ocean air taste, and low astringency.

Temperature: 140-175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: .5-2 minutes

The dry leaves have a rich and savory aroma with bright notes of mineral and green vine.

The bright golden green infusion has a savory aroma with notes of beans on the vine and cooked edamame (soybeans).  The taste is smooth and savory with umami and cooked edamame notes and a long, green, savory and sweet finish.

Steeping this shincha at 140° F for 2 minutes produced flavorful and fragrant results throughout three infusions.  Steeping at 175° F for 30 seconds intensified those flavors while remaining smooth with no notable astringency.   My tasting notes upgraded from "very nice" to "amazing".  




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