Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Tea Review: Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha (Charaku)

Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kirishima
Product Description: Makizono Kirishima Organic Zairai Sencha is a chuumushi (medium-steamed) tea that brews to a warm green color. It's a low astringency, soft and smooth, medium body tea with mellow amami (sweetness) notes. Zairai means native and represents an older cultivar of the Japanese tea family.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 30 seconds-2 minutes

The dry leaves have notes of butter, nuts (macadamia), minerals, fresh cut grass, and nori.

The light golden green infusion has a savory, buttery, nutty aroma with mild notes of fresh cut grass.   The taste is clean, sweet, and green with mild astringency.

Following the suggested steeping times of ~2 minutes for the first infusion, 1 minute for the second, and 30 seconds for the third resulted in a great tea session.  In 1 minute, the second infusion developed moderate astringency while also being sweet.  The third infusion had low astringency with the refreshing sweet green taste I was hoping would carry over.  I was reminded of opening the windows during the first days of summer and letting in a warm breeze carrying the scent of newly cut grass.

This tea was purchased by me.

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