Saturday, March 29, 2008

Honyama Inaguchi

Tea: Honyama Inaguchi 7464
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $7.00 / 50g
Source: Shizuoka, Japan
Vendor Description: This tea was grown from the seed of Yabukita tea in Honyama located in the upper stream area of Shizuoka City. Honyama has a long history as a good tea-producing area in Shizuoka.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea has a deep rich green leaf, although it is not the same darkness as some other teas, it is a very rich green color, but not so by being darker. It has a rather unique richness to the color.

1st Infusion: The first infusion has a very bright pale green color. The color has an almost luminescent quality to it. To match this light color though is a very light flavor, it carries a light grassy flavor paired with a nice sweetness. It leaves with a little bit of astringency and a nice subtle clean flavor on the tongue.

2nd Infusion: The second infusion was where this tea started to show it's characteristics more. This infusion was a darker green color and a stronger grassy flavor. It had the characteristic sencha bitterness, although it was only a medium bitterness and left with a light astringency.

Rating: 8/10

Conclusion: This tea is in a word, light. The flavor was delicate and sweet, and lacked body. If you are looking for a light tea, this is a good choice, but if you are looking for something with more substance go elsewhere.

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