Monday, September 15, 2008

Yakushima Yutakamidori

Tea: Yakushima Yutakamidori 2008 6412
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $13.00 / 50g
Source: Yakushima Island, Kagoshima, Japan
Vendor Description: Grown on a world heritage site known for its 2000 year old cedar trees, you can taste the natural historic surroundings in this medium bodied Sencha.

Leaf: This tea consists of very small pieces primarily. The appearance reminds me of a fukamushi sencha. The leaf is an apparent mix of a light green and dark green colored leaf. It has a very light and fresh sweet scent to it.

1st Infusion: The tea has a light murky color and a very sweet yutakamidori flavor. The flavor is quite light though, and has a light sense of astringency. The flavor is primarily centered on the front end of the taste and doesn't have much on the back end.

2nd Infusion: This infusion is murkier and slightly yellow in color. The flavor is still light, but very noticeably sweet. It is light bodied with a light bitterness and a light astringency. The flavor as a whole is very delicate.

Rating: 9/10

Conclusion: This tea is a very nice light sencha. It is not light in the sense of being weak, but light as a delicate tea. The flavor is sweet and light and very enjoyable.

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