Friday, July 17, 2020

Tea Review: Asatsuyu Organic Kabuse Sencha (Charaku)

Asatsuyu Organic Kabuse Sencha - 2020 Shincha
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture, Satsumasendai
Product Description: 
Asatsuyu ("Morning Dew") Sencha is also a Kabusecha (Covered Tea) grown with the tea plants undergoing a period of shading before harvest, similar to Gyokuro. Gyokuro may be shaded longer (3-4 weeks,) and more completely than a Kabuse Sencha, which might be shaded for a week or two at most, allowing it to occupy a space between Sencha and Gyokuro. This Kabuse Sencha is a soft and smooth, full body tea with low astringency, mellow amami (sweetness,) and mild grassy notes.
Temperature: 165° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 30 seconds-2 minutes

The dry leaves have a nutty, marine green, and sweet corn aroma.

The bright yellow-green infusion has a savory and buttery aroma with notes of green beans and cooked edamame.  The taste is savory and thick with umami, with nutty and edamame notes and a long, nutty and sweet green finish.

I followed the preparation recommendations provided by Charaku, steeping the first infusion for 2 minutes, the second for 45 seconds, and the third for 30 seconds.  The results from those steeping times brought out the ideal taste for my preferences, though the lower end of the recommended steeping time of 90 seconds for the first infusion should appeal to those who prefer something a little mellower.  The second and third infusions were more subtle while also becoming progressively sweeter.  On an interesting note, the usually unremarkable filtered water I drank after this tea session tasted pleasantly sweet which was an unexpected side benefit.

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

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