Another tea from 2019 shincha sampler. This one is nicely balanced, but doesn’t break any new grounds I’d say. Smelling the leaves reminds me of freshly cut grass, chestnut, and chicken meat with a faint floral component. First infusion has a very good bitterness complementing the umami, chestnut sweetness and a sort of nutty earthiness (quite different from the crisp nutty taste you tend to get in Chinese greens). It is also a bit tart and has a citrus fragrance. The liquor has a medium to full body and the mouthfeel lies somewhere between milky and creamy. Later infusions are also pleasant, but ultimately less interesting. They are more grassy and tangy, with a distinctive throat warming sensation.

Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Citrus, Freshly Cut Grass, Meat, Nutty, Tangy, Tart, Umami

155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and only recently (in 2017) started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth. I rarely drink blends or white tea and avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied. The one thing that I am currently missing in my collection are teas from India, in particular some Darjeelings.

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