Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fuji Kurasawa

Tea: Fuji Kurasawa - 7462
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $7.00 /50g
Source: Shizuoka, Japan
Vendor Description: The area around Fuji City in Shizuoka is famous for the production of high-quality Shizuoka teas. "Kurasawa" has a distinctive sharpness both in aroma and astringency.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea was rather normal in appearance. There were a small amount of stems in it, varying length needles, and a moderately uniform color.

1st Infusion: The first thing I noticed about this tea was that it had a thick sweet flavor. It was clean and sharp like a sencha should be with a light sense of astringency. There were hints of grassiness and a nice lingering aftertaste. This was a very ideal first infusion and very typical of the teas from Shizuoka that I have tried.

2nd Infusion: This infusion was a bit murkier in color. The flavor was richer now that the leaves have expanded more, and the flavor reminded me a bit of matcha. It had a very sharp clean feeling on the tongue. The tea finished off with a medium sense of astringency and bitterness.

Rating: 9 / 10

Conclusion: All in all this was a very good solid sencha. The only thing that I didn't really like was how much the flavor changed from the first infusion to the second infusion. Ideally the first and second would have been a bit more aligned with one another. But a very good solid tea.

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