Monday, July 27, 2020

Tea Review: Hachijyuhachiya (88th Night) Sencha 2020 (Charaku)

Hachijyuhachiya (88th Night/八十八夜) Sencha - 2020 Shincha
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kobayashi
Product Description:
The annual tea harvest in Japan begins 88 days after Risshun, the start of spring on the traditional Japanese calendar. Drinking tea picked on this day has always been considered auspicious and believed to bring good health throughout the year. Often reserved for family and friends, this tea has naturally limited availability. Charaku Fine Japanese Tea is pleased to offer Hachijyuhachiya Sencha this year! This Asamushi (light-steamed) Sencha from Kobayashi in eastern Miyazaki is smooth with low astringency. We hope it brings you health and good fortune this year!
Temperature: 165° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 45 - 90 seconds

The dry leaves have a savory aroma of freshly ground nuts with marine notes.

The light green infusion has a savory and nutty aroma with hints of marine green.  The taste is savory with umami with fresh green and nutty notes, low-to-no astringency, and a refreshing sweet green finish.

This was my second experience drinking Hachijyuhachiya Sencha and it definitely gave me a sense of Spring.  Following the preparation recommendations from Charaku, I steeped the first infusion for 90 seconds and the second and third for 45 seconds.  The first infusion was thick with umami while subsequent infusions tended lighter and sweeter with fresh green notes moving to the front.  

This tea was purchased by me.

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