Monday, January 26, 2009

Sencha Harebare

Tea: Sencha Harebare
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $7.00 / 50g
Vendor Description: Blend of aromatic Sayama tea and processed with a strong fire. The refreshing mint-like flavor, a characteristic of this variety called "Sayama Kaori" is very appealing.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea has a very fukamushi like appearance. It has a fairly rich aroma to the leaf, and a hint of yellowness in the color.

1st Infusion Parameters: 5g, 50z, 185F, 60s

1st Infusion: The first infusion had a yellow murky color to it. Not surprising considering the fukamushi appearance to the leaf. The aroma was sharp and crisp. The flavor was very bold. Early on it felt very sweet and forward like a fukamushi normally is. The middle is dominated by a light bitterness and finishes with a light astringency. Overall this has a very clean feeling and a long lasting lingering aftertaste.

2nd Infusion Parameters: 185F, 15s

2nd Infusion: The second infusion was a murky yellow. There was not much different about the flavor, it was simply a distinctively fukamushi flavor.

Rating: 6/10

Conclusion: There was nothing terribly outstanding about this tea, nor did it have any major faults. It was a normal fukamushi and is not that pricey. All in all not a very interesting tea.

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