Sunday, March 16, 2008

Shimazuke Yamanami

Tea: Shimazuke Yamanami 7404
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $5.00 /50g
Source: Miyazaki, Japan
Vendor Description:
"Yamanami", a tea characteristic to Miyazaki Pref. contains much tannin producing strong astringency. Produced in Shimazu family tea garden said to be the largest privately-owned tea garden in Japan.

Judging from the sound of the description, you would think that this would be a strong powerful sencha. It didn't really turn out to be so though.

The leaves and the aroma for this tea were quite average. It smelled as though a sencha should smell, and not too strong and not too weak. The liquor had a bit of a yellow tinge to it, but held a green color typical of Lupicia teas.

The flavor of the tea was incredibly unremarkable. It had a medium sense of astringency and a medium sense of bitterness. It seemed medium boded, and as you can tell so far, it was incredibly average. It had a very simple taste for a green, and yet it had a certain strength.

Rating: 4/10

Conclusion: This wasn't a very remarkable tea at all, it was a bit under par for Lupicia, but on it's own is a very average, yet solid tea. I really don't know what else to say about it, it was simple average and a bit uninteresting.

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