Type of tea : Futsumushi (normal-steamed) sencha Origin : Ishidera, Wazuka municipality, Sôraku district, Kyôto prefecture Cultivar : Saemidori Harvest : April 25, 2016
In the Ishidera area of Wazuka, Mr. Kagoshima grows the Saemidori cultivar in unshaded gardens, which is rather unusual for an “Uji tea.” This early cultivar is a cross between Yabukita and Asatsuyu, and it is attracting a great deal of interest at this time. Although it is very often used for Fukamushi teas, in this case, it is treated as a fine Futsumushi sencha, a traditionally steamed tea.
With light roasting typical of Uji teas, this sencha has a scent that is fresh and vegetal, but also mellow and sweet. Although the liquor is light and refreshing, it has a lot of body, density, with strong umami sweetness, but not too much.
This tea also has a lot of length in the mouth, with delicate yet tenacious freshness and sweetness. Later infusions do not reveal any jarring astringency, and the liquor always remains fragrant and subtle in the mouth.
Unshaded, this very fine sencha is a happy combination of the very typical freshness of sencha with the mellowness characteristic of Saemidori.