Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tea Review: Green Tea with Mikan (Japanese Green Tea)

Green Tea with Mikan
Japanese Green Tea
Type: Flavored Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture
Product Description: Our premium green tea is mixed with fresh Japanese orange (mikan). The tea can be enjoyed hot or cold by simply mixing with water.

New flavors are developed over one year of research and collaboration with Japanese local high school students (Shizuoka Commercial High School).

After over a year of prototyping, Arahataen is proud to introduce the newest tea taste in Japan: Green Tea with Japanese Orange (Mikan).

This blend contains citrus unshiu (Japanese orange/mikan), green tea, sugar, dextrin, sucralose, and natural flavor.

Cold Infusion
2 teaspoons tea, stirred into 8 ounces of chilled water

Mixing with cold water will take slightly more effort than with hot water which is still easy.  I stirred with a spoon, though the process might be even easier with a small kitchen whisk or a shaker.

The infusion is bright opaque green with a lightly sweet citrus aroma.  The taste is much sweeter than the hot infusions and reminds me of freshly peeled chilled mandarins with just the barest hint of tartness.  

Hot Infusion - 175° F
2 teaspoons tea, stirred into 8 ounces of 175° F water

Mixing with hot water takes almost no effort.  There was a little sediment at the bottom of the cup, though I found it to be pleasant enough to not require additional stirring.

The infusion is bright opaque green with a sweet aroma of freshly peeled citrus.  The taste is sweet, though less so than the cold infusion, and citrus-y with a faint tartness and no astringency.

Hot Infusion - 208° F
2 teaspoons tea, stirred into 8 ounces of 208° F water

Stirring seemed to go even more quickly than the 175° F infusion.

The infusion is bright opaque green with a bold citrus aroma.  The taste is sweet and citrus-y, though milder than the 175° F infusion with no astringency.

Prepared hot or cold, the mikan flavor comes through nicely.  The recommended measure of tea is 2 teaspoons, though you can easily experiment with more or less to suit your tastes.  I haven't had mikan in a long while and it was a welcome opportunity to experience that flavor again without waiting until the next visit to Japan.  

This tea was purchased by me.

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