Monday, March 9, 2020

Tea Review: Kogane Midori Golden Sencha (Yunomi/Kogane Midori Tea Garden)

Kogane Midori Golden Sencha, Single Cultivar
Kogane Midori Tea Garden/Yunomi
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka City, Aoi Ward, Morokozawa Village
Product Description:
Tea farmer Hiromitsu Sato, whose Kogane Midori Tea Garden is located in the mountain village of Morokozawa, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, discovered years ago a single plant that had mutated so that its new leaves in the spring flush appeared yellow while still young. He spent years propagating this single plant creating a single field of a new cultivar called Kogane Midori - Golden Green.
Temperature: 160° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaf aroma is savory, green, and nutty.

The liquor is light golden green with a sweet green and buttery aroma and notes of lightly roasted nuts.  The taste is savory and sweet, nutty, and refreshingly green with mild astringency and a long, sweet green finish.

I recently heard about this unique single-cultivar sencha and was delighted to find it sold by Yunomi.  The beautiful leaves live up to their name in appearance and the flavor and aroma profile is comparable to some of my favorite sencha. The roasting takes place on a temomi (hand-rolling) table, and I hope they will consider making at least a small portion of the early harvest into temomi cha.  It would be a treat to see the full golden leaves unfurl.

This tea was purchased by me.

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