Both tea leaves are categorized as tamaryokucha. Oku has a slightly darker color and the smell reminds that of kabusecha. Tea leaves of Mai has fresh, grassy smell but more unevenness in size with a lighter green color than that of Oku.
Water amount 150 ml (5.1 fl oz)/ temperature about 70C (158F)/ tea leaf amount 4g (0.14 oz)/ steep time 1 min.
As in the photo below, the left is Oku and the right is Mai. Oku is green, whereas Mai is more of yellow-green.
As expected from the smell of the leaves, Oku had some umami as well as sweetness to the taset. Mai was refreshing and grassy, a very smooth sencha to drink on everyday basis.
The City of Shimada in #Japan’s largest production region for #tea, #Shizuoka Prefecture, has a rap music video in English/Japanese/French (French rap sounds pretty cool). All the cool dance scenes are at a temple rather than the #teafields which disappoints but all in all I...
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