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This summer is going to go down as the summer of cold brew. Ever since I got the technique down, I’ve been cold brewing non-stop and my daily tea consumption has quadrupled as a result. I think I’ve only hot steeped a handful of times this week.

What follows is my shortcut cold brew method which I learned on IG and tweaked slightly. It was designed for Japanese green tea but works well with other teas too. I drop 2g of tea in an 8oz cup, fill with room temperature water, cover and walk away. 2 hours later, the tea is strained and poured over ice. With certain teas like this one, I’ll give the leaves a vigorous stir 5 minutes before straining. Lather, rinse, repeat with other teas. Way more efficient than waiting 8-10 hours for tea to steep in the fridge, IMO.

This has been my favorite tea for this cold brew method. The broken up fukamushi leaves infuse quickly and have so much more umami and sweetness as compared to hot steeping. When cold steeped, I definitely prefer the intense flavor of this deep steamed sencha over my lighter asamushi sencha. Upping my rating slightly because of how well this performs cold brewed.

Flavors: Green, Sweet, warm grass, Umami

Preparation
2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ubacat

I’ve enjoyed this tea for 2017 and 2018 but just wanted to change things up this year. I’ve never tried doing a cold brew on sencha (or for any other tea). I tend to be partial to a hot tea but you’ve intrigued me so maybe I’ll give it try on some of my senchas.

LuckyMe

Definitely give it a try. I think sencha is the ideal green tea for cold brewing. I wasn’t into cold steeping either, but once I nailed down the ratio and technique, it was life changing.

Ubacat

You’ve puzzled me a bit the “lather, rince , & repeat”. What does lather mean? I am about to try it today with my Yakushima Shincha from Yuuki-Cha.

LuckyMe

I just meant repeat the same process for other teas that you want to cold brew. Sorry for the confusion.

Ubacat

No problem! I tried it today. I didn’t have ice cubes so I set my refrigerator to make ice cubes. It was quite awhile before it spit out the first few. For the first infusion I didn’t have any ice cubes and it seemed too strong. For the 2nd infusion (I thought that’s what you meant when you said repeat) it was much better. It was really light. I had ice cubes for that one and really enjoyed the light sweetness and buttery flavour. It’s still a bit weird drinking cold tea but thanks for the instructions. I’ll give this a little more tries with other teas too.

LuckyMe

Ah, I neglected to mention you can dilute it to strength. And as you discovered, the tea can be reinfused although I usually just discard the leaves after the first steep. Glad you were able to try it out.

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Ubacat

I’ve enjoyed this tea for 2017 and 2018 but just wanted to change things up this year. I’ve never tried doing a cold brew on sencha (or for any other tea). I tend to be partial to a hot tea but you’ve intrigued me so maybe I’ll give it try on some of my senchas.

LuckyMe

Definitely give it a try. I think sencha is the ideal green tea for cold brewing. I wasn’t into cold steeping either, but once I nailed down the ratio and technique, it was life changing.

Ubacat

You’ve puzzled me a bit the “lather, rince , & repeat”. What does lather mean? I am about to try it today with my Yakushima Shincha from Yuuki-Cha.

LuckyMe

I just meant repeat the same process for other teas that you want to cold brew. Sorry for the confusion.

Ubacat

No problem! I tried it today. I didn’t have ice cubes so I set my refrigerator to make ice cubes. It was quite awhile before it spit out the first few. For the first infusion I didn’t have any ice cubes and it seemed too strong. For the 2nd infusion (I thought that’s what you meant when you said repeat) it was much better. It was really light. I had ice cubes for that one and really enjoyed the light sweetness and buttery flavour. It’s still a bit weird drinking cold tea but thanks for the instructions. I’ll give this a little more tries with other teas too.

LuckyMe

Ah, I neglected to mention you can dilute it to strength. And as you discovered, the tea can be reinfused although I usually just discard the leaves after the first steep. Glad you were able to try it out.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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