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.


  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.