Sunday, February 10, 2008

Gyokuro Seiran No Homare

Tea: Gyokuro Seiran No Homare 8001
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $15.00/50g
Source: Japan
Vendor Description:
Created by blending aromatic Yabukita brand tea from Shizuoka with "Komakage", a special Uji tea variety. This graceful tea has a deep rich flavor and distinctive freshness.

This is a blend gyokuro, and it is very interesting because the two major teas creating the blend are from Shizuoka and Uji. If the two shinchas that I tried earlier are any indication of this, this was leading up to be a very interesting tea.

My initial thought while making this tea was that it had a very grassy scent to it. It wasn't as grassy as the Yame Gyokuro though.

The tea had a very strong bitterness at the start which was followed by a grassy taste. The grassy taste matched the scent. It was also followed up with a lack of astringency.

After I had brewed this tea though, that I had brewed it at too high of a temperature. If I had more of it to try I would try brewing at an even lower temperature, although I only had a small sample and was not able to make another batch.

Rating: 5/10

Conclusion: While I had some interesting hopes for this tea, it proved to be unimpressive. This is though quite likely that I botched this tea, so if I get a chance to try this again I will probably review this tea again.


KO said...

I'm drinking some of this right now. I brewed it at the correct temperature, but I still agree with your review. Very grassy, but not terribly impressive.

CK said...

I am not quite sure I agree with your flavor profile. The couple of times I have sipped this gyokuro, I found deep buttery notes that were more reminiscent of an artichoke rather than grass. I suppose to each pallet their own.