Saturday, February 9, 2008

Takachiho Takachiho

Tea: Takachiho Takachiho 7408
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $4.00 / 50g
Source: Japan
Vendor Description: Tea made by Granny Hatsuko who obstinately continues to produce old-style Kamairicha. Enjoy the special aroma of "Kamako" (aroma of a roasting pot).

This tea seemed very interesting to me for a number of reasons. Most amusingly the description provided by Lupicia. It makes it sound very interesting, but at a price of $4.00/50g, it seems like this might not be the best of teas. ($4.00 / 50g is about as cheap as tea gets from Lupicia).

The tea leaves were rather curled which is rather unusual for a Japanese tea, most of them have such nice thin looking needles like senchas.

When brewing the tea though, it did deliver on the special aroma. It has a very deep strong scent to it, like a very strong sencha.

The tea has a very sweet and almost fruity taste to it. It had a light crisp flavor, but without the bitterness involved. The taste was very short lived though and left me with a surprisingly high level of astringency.

Rating: 7/10

Conclusion: While this is not an exceptional tea, it is very interesting and tasty. It is also on the cheaper side which is always a plus. I wouldn't drink this tea on a daily basis, but it is a nice change up every so often.

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