Sencha Golden Kasugaen

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apple, Bitter, Cream, Grass, Green, Kale, Lettuce, Mango, Passion Fruit, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Tropical, Vegetal, Astringent, Crisp, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Grassy, Salad Greens, Smooth, Starfruit, Umami
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “This sencha is from the yabukita cultivar, which is supposed to be quite vegetal and fruity. I steeped 5 g of leaf in 150 ml of 140F water for 60, 20, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds. The...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The leaf is such a beautiful green color and it smells so richly of sweet grass. Even the wet aroma is laden with it but also with a unique hint of tropical mango and vegetal notes. The mouthful is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 24 (2/3) Not sure if this is the golden sencha made from the cultivar that has actual golden leaves, but I assume not since it’s not mentioned in the...” Read full tasting note
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This premium sencha is made from the finest tips of the tea plant, delivering plenty of nutrients to the tea. The flavor is powerful, complex and smooth. Normally, a Yabukita sencha would produce more of a grassy flavor, but this one is more well balanced. It begins with a strong savory flavor which later allows space for these powerful edamame and baby spinach notes. The tea has some subtle fruity notes to it, which pick up in the second steeping. In the second steeping of this tea, you will notice a tropical, citrusy note similar to that of grapefruit and banana. This tea is quite an experience, and the well-seasoned sencha drinkers will certainly appreciate both the power and complexity of this tea.

This tea comes to us from Hioki City in Kagoshima. It is grown on sea level in a warm, subtropical region in southern Japan with lots of rainfall. The tea in this region is nurtured by fertile volcanic soils and a warm climate.

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This sencha is from the yabukita cultivar, which is supposed to be quite vegetal and fruity. I steeped 5 g of leaf in 150 ml of 140F water for 60, 20, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of apple, squash, spinach, cream, and grass. The first steep has notes of apple, squash, mango, spinach, kale, and grass. The next steep initially tastes like lettuce and bitter grass clippings, but the cooked apple, mango, and tropical fruit (passionfruit?) bloom in the aftertaste and the bottom of the cup. That fruitiness persists through the next few steeps, sometimes overtaking the grassiness and sometimes not. The final few steeps are vaguely fruity and less aggressively vegetal, with a sweet, grassy flavour.

I would have liked this tea more if it hadn’t been so vegetal. As it is, the tropical fruit was fun and the last few steeps had a nice balance. Those with a higher tolerance for cruciferous veggies might really enjoy this sencha. Based on the few teas I’ve tried, I like the saemidori cultivar more than the yabukita.

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Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Cream, Grass, Green, Kale, Lettuce, Mango, Passion Fruit, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Tropical, Vegetal

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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The leaf is such a beautiful green color and it smells so richly of sweet grass. Even the wet aroma is laden with it but also with a unique hint of tropical mango and vegetal notes. The mouthful is very smooth. Full of vegetal notes, cooked and some fresh, as well as hay, grass, umami, and a slight milk.

Update: NIO Advent 2023
The dry leaf is a nice, glossy, dark green. The aroma isn’t as strong as I was hoping. Steeping tea smelled a bit of grass and dandelion. A bit of apple on the tongue as it first enters my mouth which very quickly changes to tall grass notes and different vegetal notes. Fresh asparagus. The mouth feel is silky.

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Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 24 (2/3)

Not sure if this is the golden sencha made from the cultivar that has actual golden leaves, but I assume not since it’s not mentioned in the description.

This is a lovely sencha though. It has a very powerful, almost gyokuro-like sweet vegetal and umami flavor. Plenty of sweetness, and a refreshing fruitiness that reminds me of starfruit. There’s a touch of grassiness at the end of the sip, but it’s quite subtle, and maybe even a bit closer to salad greens. It’s a very nicely balanced tea, with the rich vegetal and umami notes contrasting well with fresher grass and fruit, and then just enough bitterness and astringency to keep it from being heavy and give it a clean finish.

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Bitter, Crisp, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Grassy, Salad Greens, Smooth, Spinach, Squash, Starfruit, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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