Monday, November 9, 2020

Tea Review: Organic Mountain-Grown Nara Native Sencha (The Tea Crane)

Organic Mountain-Grown Nara Native Sencha
The Tea Crane
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Nara Prefecture, Tsukigase
Product Description:

This tea is a high-quality sencha produced on organic farms, and is therefore both safe and unsullied: free of anything known to be unhealthy, and uncontaminated as to flavor. Consequently, it tastes as sencha really should.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1.5-2 minutes

The dry leaves have a buttery and nutty aroma with light grassy and marine notes.

The clear green liquor has buttery, spring green, and light salty marine notes.  The taste is savory, nutty, and green with a long, sweet green finish.

I found the best results to my preferences by steeping this sencha for 1.5 minutes for the first infusion, 1 minute for the second infusion, and 2 minutes for a third infusion in which the taste had developed a pleasant sweetness. A longer initial steeping time of 2 minutes also produced nice results with moderate astringency and a slightly cloudier liquor.  The finish is delightfully refreshing and goes on a long, long while.  

This tea was received as a backer reward for The Tea Crane's flagship tea shop Kickstarter campaign.

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