This tea is taking me back to my childhood summertimes in an agricultural town, and it is such a winner from the sampler!

It is deeper than the Spring Sun, though maybe a little less complex. Dry leaf is gorgeous – a few shades of green varying in the leaf, and smelling like fresh cut grass (a big summer signifier for me). In the warmed kyusu, that became the scent of hay, then finally in the cup, a very vegetal taste – big leafy greens, like a rich salad in a cup.

I did not find this particularly astringent, though there were light notes to the bitterness (think kale stem), and more savory than sweet. Absolutely pair this with something bolder in flavor, as it has the strength to cut through.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Kale, Spinach, Vegetable Broth

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My first adventures in tea were unpleasant. After years of frowning at burnt/oversteeped teas, a chocolate tea my mother picked up in San Francisco changed everything.

Now I mostly drink Japanese greens and oolongs, while also trying to sip down a stash of flavored blends.

Note: I am employed in the cafe and tea industry. All of my opinions are my own, and not representative of the views of my employers.


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