Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Shincha Kumpu - Day 2

About: This is the second session with Den's Shincha Kumpu.

Leaf Mass: 6g.

1st Infustion Parameters: 170F, 60s

1st Infusion: The liquor had a bright almost neon green color to it. The aroma is rich and thick, but a very distinctive green tea aroma. It is a very relaxing smell, I very much was enjoying this aroma more than most other teas. The flavor had a very smooth thickness to it, and a rich full bodied flavor. I could really feel the thick sweetness of this tea in the back of my mouth. It was very smooth and relaxing, and there was a light growing sense of astringency from the first sip to the end of the cup.

2nd Infusion Parameters: 160 F, 60s

2nd Infusion: The tea had a bright yellow color with a light sense of cloudiness now. There was a higher medium sense of astringency from the start of the tea. The flavor was very smooth, but the tea grew to a stronger sense of astringency.

3rd Infusion Parameters: 180F, 45s

3rd Infusion: This infusion had a medium sense of astringency, but a very full mouth feeling body to it. There was not much flavor behind this, but you could feel the tea, but not taste it.

4th Infusion Parameters: 170F, 2mins

4th Infusion: This infusion again had a medium sense of astringency. It was full bodied, but again there was not much flavor.

Conclusion: This session was very interesting, although I did not really enjoy the second infusion. I think that if I decreased the infusion time on the second infusion there would have been more flavor for the third and fourth infusions.

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