I had never tried this company, but their teas looked nice, and so did their website.

I ordered their Yutaka Midori breed, named “Ichigo Ichie”. The tea shipped quickly and came wrapped in heavy green paper and Japanese calligraphy, and the tea itself is in a metallic based paper pouch (similar to many other Japanese tea vendors), only this one is resealable.

The tea is deep steamed, and has quite a few small pieces, but smells very fresh. I brewed 2g in ~3oz water at 170F for 30 seconds. The color is a nice greenish-yellow, and surprisingly little “dust” in the cup for being so deep steamed. The flavor is pretty strong and tastes a lot like hazelnuts, and has a hint of roasted flavor, with a little sweetness after.

I might have to try some of their Yame teas later, to see how they compare.

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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