Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Teabag - Ureshino

Tea: Ureshino Tamaryokucha - 7405
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Location: Saga, Japan
Vendor Description: Ureshino in Saga Dt., long a producer of roasted Kamairicha, nowadays steam-processes Tamaryokucha, its mainstream tea. This tea has beautiful thinly curled leaves and a deep dark green water color.

While this does not appear to be a regular part of the USA catalog of the Lupicia lineup, I found some of this in teabag form at one of the SF locations. The teabag is the same style as it normally is for Lupicia, I tried this one in the 10 pack which is not individually wrapped, but packaged in a ziplock bag.

While I don't think that this is a pan fired tea, it does have the taste of one. So far I have not been a big fan of this type of tea.

The tea has a very vegetal aroma to it with a very bright yellow green color to the liquor. It has a grassy flavor to it with only a little bit of bitterness. It leaves you with a moderate sense of astringency.

Rating: 4/10

Conclusion: While there are some who seem to greatly enjoy this type of tea, I find it to be lacking of it's own distinct qualities, lying at the crossroads of a number of different styles of tea.

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