Monday, November 12, 2018

Tea Review: Tosa Sencha (Charaku)

Tosa Sencha
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kochi Prefecture, Aki-shi, Nyugauchi
Product Description: Early infusions have marine air notes in both aroma and taste, with medium astringency. This tea produces a number of infusions, with a variety of tastes, with mellow notes and slight sweetness in later infusions. It is a tea that takes a bit to get to know, but rewards the drinker with a variety of taste experiences.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of sun-warmed wood and sweet fresh-cut grass, with mineral and marine notes and a hint of spicy pepper.

The pale yellow-green infusion has a buttery, lightly green aroma with a hint of sunflower seeds and a taste that is mellow and savory with a long, refreshing green finish.

The first infusion held the most savory notes while refreshing green notes came to the front with subsequent infusions.  Mild astringency developed with the second infusion and stayed pleasantly mild by the third.  While I prefer the savory and sweet notes at 175° F, increasing the temperature to 185° F will bring out more astringency and shorter steeps at 175° F will keep the astringency nominal.

This tea was purchased by me.

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