Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tea Review: Yamabuki Nadeshiko (Osada Seicha/All Japan Matcha & Organics)

Yamabuki Nadeshiko/やまぶきなでしこ
Osada Seicha/おさだ 製茶 & All Japan Matcha & Organics
Type: Dark
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Haruno
Product Description: Yamabuki Nadeshiko is made from the organic farms.  The tea making process is similar to that of black tea and pu’er tea.  Apply Japanese SAKE fementation expertise and kuro-koji-kin (black Aspergillus Oryzae) to ferment the tea.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a rich aroma similar to a sweet dark brown bread like pumpernickel and possibly prunes.

The copper red infusion has  a sweet and almost "thick" aroma that reminds me of toffee or creme brulee with a bit of hojicha thrown in.  The taste is mellow, reminding me faintly of chestnut cake and caramel with a brief hint of bitterness at start similar to biting into something with seared sugar like a creme brulee.

This tea was completely unique in flavor and aroma to any other tea I've encountered thus far.  The almost heady aroma reminds me of a decadent dessert while the taste reminds me a bit of heicha if it had been stored in a pastry shop.  It produced good results throughout two infusions with a much mellower third infusion.

All Japan Matcha & Organics is a cooperative providing wholesale products direct from small Japanese tea farmers, tea makers, and tea shops to businesses in the US.

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

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