Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tea Review: Gyokuro Phoenix 2016 (Yunomi/Hattori Tea Farm)

Hattori Tea Farm/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka
Product Description: Heritage grade gyokuro from Kyoto tea farmer Akinobu Hattori, who has been farming gyokuro for 5 decades. Hattori-san uses a modern heritage style of canopy shading, foregoing the traditional labor-intensive straw material for the easier plastic shading (in his 70s, you can't blame him!).

Temperature: 140° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaves have a sweet and mineral green aroma.

The bright green infusion has a savory, buttery aroma reminiscent of macadamia nuts with notes of green grass.  The taste is smooth, sweet, and savory with light mineral notes and reminds me of a savory broth.

This aged (2016) gyokuro has a delicious savory taste you can almost sink your teeth into.  Curiously, the flavor of the second steeping reminded me very much of matcha without notable astringency.  A shorter second steeping of ~40 seconds produces mellower results while steeping a third time for a full minute brought out a delightfully rich, savory flavor.

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

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