Thursday, December 7, 2023

Tea Review: Ureshino Green Tea Ochatama (Yunomi/Chakouan)

Ureshino Green Tea Ochatama
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Saga Prefecture, Ureshino
Product Description:
A very interesting green tea. It looks like Chinese gunpowder tea in that the leaves are rolled up into little balls. The process occurs during the rolling of normal Japanese green tea, and only occasionally, making it quite rare to see them gathered into a single product.

This particular one from our supplier Chakouan has a strong savory umami aroma that is similar to gyokuro.
Temperature: 160° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1 minute

The dry leaf aroma is savory with notes of ground nuts and green grass.

The liquor is light green with a savory nutty aroma.  The taste is nutty and savory with light edamame notes.  

For the purpose of this review I followed the directions on the packaging, preparing the tea with 160° F water and 1 minute infusions.  The first infusion was light yet savory followed by rich and umami-filled second and third infusions.  I had no expectations going in since I haven't encountered a Japanese tea processed this way before and I was delighted by the results.

This tea was purchased by me.

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