Monday, October 20, 2008

Midori Sencha

Tea: Midori Sencha
Vendor: White Crane Tea Co.
Price: $15.00 / 100g
Source: Kawane, Shizuoka, Japan
Vendor Description: "Midori no Shizuku Green of Jade" The fine simple pleasures of Sencha.

Vendor Producer Description: Takada No En - Kawane Cha, Shizuoka

Takada No En is a superlative Tea Estate founded from Japan's Edo Period. It has been handed down from generation to generation reaching to the current Takada Family, Takada Meguro San. The Estate maintains the Norin Daijin Sho Award for producing the Highest Achievements in growing Fine Tea for the twenty third consecutive Year in a row. The expansive grounds of this high mountain style tea estate, the largest in Kawane, is blessed with the finest temperate climate and purest airs and waters and continues to be a completely Japanese Organic Grower from the past three hundred years to current times. We are especially proud and honored to be able to bring these fine Teas to you and your home.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea is very darkly colored leaf. The color is very uniform thoughout and has a matte colored appearance. The shape of the leaf itself though is slightly flat and yet long and slender. The dry leaf has a very clear deep aroma to it, it is a very clean aroma that is sweet and inviting. There is only a small amount of powder in this tea.

1st Infusion: The tea has a very normal yellow color to it. It offers a rich and sweet aroma. When the tea first touches the tongue it has a very crisp feeling to it that is paired with the sweetness like a yutaka midori. The middle of the taste has a quick bite of bitterness along with a definite thickness of flavor. It reminds me of the thickness that is found with a cold brew tea, almost hinting at a gyokuro's thickness. The end ha s alight sense of astringency to finish it off.

2nd Infusion: This infusion has the same yellow color as before, yet slightly murkier. The flavor feels a bit emptier than the first infusion. There is a medium to high sense of astringency and a medium sense of bitterness. The flavor is concentrated in the middle, yet light. The beginning crisp sweetness is gone at this point.

Rating: 6/10

Conclusion: This is a very nicely balanced tea for the first infusion. It is sweet and thick, and then finishes with a light bite and a clean astringent feeling. This however does not carry over well into the second infusion. If these characteristics carried further into the tea it would be a wonderful tea, but even still at it's price it makes for a rather solid tea.

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