Friday, January 16, 2009

Fujieda Fujikaori

Tea: Fujieda Fujikaori - 7463
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Source: Shizuoka, Japan
Vendor Description: Originally created by crossbreeding black tea and Japanese tea, it has a brilliant elegant aroma.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea had an unusually brown hue to it. I found this quite rare for a sencha style tea, possibly a carryover from the crossbreeding. The aroma hints of a bancha like aroma while at the same time reminding me of dry straw.

1st Infusion Parameters: 5g, 5oz, 1 min, 185F

1st Infusion: The tea exhibited a yellow brown color. The aroma was light and crisp. The flavor was smooth with no astringency. The flavor was long lasting and even.

2nd Infusion: This infusion had a slightly murkier color to it. The color was still yellow brownish in color. There was a light sense of bitterness and a light sense of astringency.

Rating: 3/10

Conclusion: This tea was a very unimpressive sencha. It seemed to almost border on feeling like a bancha. The flavor was mundane, and there wasn't much to it. It was mostly just average and mundane. There are many much better options out there to try.

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