Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Tea Review: Wazuka Sencha Superior Samidori (Yunomi/Uejima Tea Farm)

Wazuka Sencha Superior Samidori (上煎茶)
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kyoto Prefecture, Wazuka
Product Description:
Coming from well-known tea master Uejima-san in the famous tea producing region Wazuka, Kyoto prefecture, this Sencha Superior comes from the samidori cultivar (Not to be confused with perhaps the more familiar saemidori cultivar). While this cultivar is generally suited for shaded teas like kabusecha and gyokuro, Uejima-san’s is a non-shaded samidori making it somewhat of an uncommon and rare find. This well balanced, freshly fragrant sencha from Uejima-san will please you with its elegant umami, enjoy! 
Temperature: 160° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaves have a bright green and nutty aroma.

The light golden green infusion has a sweet, green, nutty aroma with notes of sunflower seeds.  The taste is sweet and savory, nutty and green with a long finish.

While I often reduce the steeping time for sencha to 30-45 seconds after the first infusion due to how bold the second infusion becomes after the leaves wake up, this tea developed nicely when steeped for 1 minute throughout multiple infusions.  The taste was refreshing and green with nutty notes moving to the front by the second infusion and the long sweet green finish seemed to go on forever.

This tea was purchased by me.

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