196 Tasting Notes
In the canister this had a sublime smell which pretty much carried through 3 infusions, though growing fainter. Infusion 1 was very floral, with a veggie edge, smooth and thick and full. #2 was more vegetal and buttery, more towards squash than green stuff, al though the floral came out more as it cooled. #3 was pretty strightforward floral.
A black Japanese tea – had to try it. The leaves were very fine, with a lot of powder and smell of nuts and cooked squash. I found the one minute brew much too bland and bitter. The second was nutty and squash-like with a bitter edge. The 3 minute was by far the best, smooth and nutty – walnut shading into macadamia nut. Probably never a favorite, but it would go well with Asian dishes that are on the beefy, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce end of the spectrum.