Yamane-en – Sencha green tea from Tanegashima (early first flush)

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170 °F / 76 °C 5 g 6 oz / 180 ml

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This Sencha from Tanegashima Island is made from a rare tea plant cultivar called, Kuritawase, whose fragrance hints at milk or coconut.

Tea production in Tanegashima is not high, so the sencha green tea grown in Tanegashima is only available in Shincha season. Kuritawase, a rare tea plant cultivar, has a uniquely sweet fragrance similar to milk or coconuts.

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Another Yunomi.us club sample for me to try. The website description of this Sencha likens it’s flavour to that of coconut milk. I do like the sound of that on this beautiful sunshiny day.

The leaf is dark green with a few hints of light green mixed in, also some stems are present. They are a crisp, long needle like shape and have a sweet yet creamy and floral scent. Very similar to a milk Oolong, not sure about coconut yet but milk is very apparent.

First Steep – 30 seconds
Light green liquid with a sweet milk scent that is light yet pure. Flavour has gentle grassy notes with some sweetness and a hint of milk/cream in the after taste. Also has floral tones that remind me of sweet pea mixed with buttercup.

Second Steep – 10 seconds
Despite the short steep it has tripled in strength and has some astringency. Not as sweet as before or creamy though some is still present. More mineral also like sweet grass or fresh spinach.

Third Steep – 30 seconds
More astringency and again less cream and sweetness. Tastes more like a standard Sencha at this point. Highly sweet grass and sweet pea like, thick flavour but with minimum astringency really overall which makes it a pleasant steep. Offers minimum dryness upon after taste.

Overall – This tea started off with high cream notes but ended up being mineral and more standard Sencha like, almost like it transforms from one tea into another. Quality was good and this would be a splendid every day tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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