Friday, November 26, 2021

Tea Review: Itoigawa Batabatacha Traditional Herbal Blend (Yunomi/Seikoen Tea Factory)

Itoigawa Batabatacha Traditional Herbal Blend/古くから糸魚川に伝わる「バタバタ茶」
Yunomi/Seikoen Tea Factory
Type: Green, Herbal
Origin: Japan, Niigata Prefecture, Itoigawa
Product Description: 
Just across the prefectural border from Toyama where a post-fermented tea also called batabatacha is made, the town of Itoigawa in Niigata also has a folk tea that you whisk (batabata is an onomatopoeic word that means to whisk vigorously). The ingredients are completely different but makes for a complex tea with hojicha as its base.
Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1-2 minutes

The dry leaf blend contains kawara ketsumei (Chamaecrista nomame), hojicha, roasted soybeans, and camellia sinensis flowers.

The amber infusion has notes of roasted peanuts and popcorn.  The taste has notes of roasted nut shells and nuts with a long roasty finish.

This blend smelled and tasted divine from dry leaf to infusion, reminding me of some of my favorite roasted snacks.  While the color of the liquor lightened by the third infusion, it remained flavorful throughout multiple steepings. 

This tea was purchased by me.

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