Monday, June 25, 2018

Tea Review: Sofu Fukamushi Sencha (Charaku)

Sofu Fukamushi Sencha
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Kakegawa
Product Description: Fukamushi (literally "deep steamed") teas are steamed for a longer period of time than usual during the initial processing to arrest oxidation. The result is a tea with lower astringency, caffeine content, and a darker color. This Sofu varietal infuses to a nice emerald green color, with a mildly grassy taste and aroma.

Temperature: 160° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1-1.5 minutes

The dry leaves have a fresh green aroma with savory and mineral notes.

The infusion is bright green and opaque with a sweet and brothy aroma of freshly cut green vine.  The taste is thick and freshly green with sweet and mildly savory notes, a mild astringency, and a long refreshing green finish.  

Steeping at 160-165° F produced a nice balance of sweet and savory with a mild to moderate astringency.  The first two infusions were thick and opaque as expected with a deep-steamed sencha with a clearer third infusion that tended sweeter and slightly less astringent.  I also steeped fresh leaves for 2 minutes at 140° F, a temperature I would usually reserve for gyokuro, which produced a thick, rich, and savory tea with low to mild astringency.  I tend to favor savory over astringent, so I preferred the results at the lower temperature.  While you could steep the tea at 175° F, the more interesting and subtle characteristics would be lost under the grassy astringency.

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


  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful deep steamed sencha tasting notes and comments. Nice that you tried different temperatures to get the savoury note.

    1. Thank you! There's a certain element of fun in experimenting with temperatures and steeping times.