Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tea Review: Saemidori Sencha (Charaku)

Saemidori Sencha
Charaku
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture, Miyanojou
Product Description: This Sencha from Miyanojou in Kagoshima Prefecture infuses to a green-gold hue, with a slight ocean air aroma. It is a smooth tea with low astringency and mild amami (sweetness.) Later infusions bring out some mild astringency and a slight nutty flavor.

Temperature: 165-175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1.5 minutes

The dry leaves have a rich and savory broth-like aroma with light mineral green notes.

The golden green infusion has a rich and buttery aroma with light notes of sweet green grass and freshly cooked edamame.  The taste is rich, savory, and buttery with a hint of (macadamia) nuts and edamame and a long and refreshing sweet green finish.  

Steeping at approximately 165° F produced a smooth and almost decadent savory and sweet taste with little to no astringency.  Steeping at 175° F produced similar, though less decadent, results while also developing a low-to-mild astringency.  This shincha was delicious at both temperatures and reasonably forgiving so I would encourage experimenting within that 10° range and slightly longer (~30 seconds) steeping times to find the most pleasing results.




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