Tea Tasting: Imari Sencha

July 10, 2014

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We now carry 4 different grades of Imari Sencha from Chakouan.
So I picked 2 – Premium Imari Sencha – Oku and Superior Imari Sencha – Mai – and did tea tasting.

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.

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