Monday, January 7, 2019

Tea Review: Harukasumi (Marukyu-Koyamaen/Matcha and More)

Harukasumi/春かすみ Matcha
Marukyu-Koyamaen/丸久小山園/Matcha and More
Type: Green
Origin: Japan
Product Description:  Not provided.

Temperature: 175° F
Tea Amount: ~1 gram (1 teaspoon)
Water: ~2 ounces (1/4 cup)

The matcha powder is vivid green with a sweet, nutty, and savory aroma.

The aroma in the warmed bowl is deeply savory with cooked edamame (soy bean), marine (sea air), mild grass, and mineral notes.

After whisking, the matcha aroma became sweet and more prominently green with edamame and mineral notes.  The taste was smooth, creamy, and mellow with mild notes of edamame.

Harukasumi is only available in springtime, from early March to the end of April.  It can be used as both usucha (thin tea, standard preparation) and koicha (thick tea).  The mellow characteristics of this matcha give a sense of a gentle spring breeze and I suspect it would make a pleasant koicha.

This tea was purchased by me.

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