Fukamushi Sencha Yamaga no Sato

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apple, Butter, Grass, Green Beans, Kale, Papaya, Smooth, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal, Apple Skins, Astringent, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Green, Squash, Sweet, Wheatgrass, Floral, Hay
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 16 oz / 475 ml

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  • “After reading others’ descriptions of this tea as very astringent, I decided to take the vendor’s advice and cold brew this fukamushi sencha. I don’t usually do cold brewing, as it doesn’t produce...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Dry Aroma: Sweetgrass. One of my favorite tea scents. The aroma changes very quickly as it moves from freshly opened to mixing with the air. Appearance: Dark green with a few light greens. A few...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 23 (2/2) Woah, this one really smacks you in the mouth ha ha. It has a very powerful and intense vegetal flavor with notes of spinach and kale, perhaps a bit of...” Read full tasting note
    82
  • “Hmm, I have received a sample quite long ago. But week or so ago I have received an e-mail from the company how I liked it. Honestly I have to say I forgot a bit about this one and I can not...” Read full tasting note
    98

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Fukamushicha, otherwise known as a “deep steamed tea” has a wonderful flavor that is truly unique. Due to the extra steaming, the tea takes on a darker hue of green and a more powerful vegetal flavor. The umami note you experience is similar to that of a Gyokuro, and the astringency you might find in a Shincha. The tea is made by blending the Yabukita cultivar with the Asatsuyu. What makes the Yamaga unique is that it also takes on a nice fruity flavor, similar to that of lychee berry. You may also notice a hint of papaya and making as well. These fruity notes are particularly prevalent when the tea is brewed cold.

When we visited the farm of Satoen in November of 2018, we not only got to tour the fields and the facilities of their operation, but also a new project they were working on. They have created their very own tea shop right across from the production facility. Here they serve different sencha, genmaicha and matcha that they produce just next door and provide a laid-back environment where people all around can enjoy premium quality green tea.

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After reading others’ descriptions of this tea as very astringent, I decided to take the vendor’s advice and cold brew this fukamushi sencha. I don’t usually do cold brewing, as it doesn’t produce as much tea as hot steeping, but avoiding bitterness and bringing out the fruit were good enough reasons for me. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 700 ml teapot using cold water for around 4 hours, then resteeped the leaves for over 12 hours.

The dry aroma is of spinach, kale, umami, apple, and papaya. Though the tea is still vegetal, it isn’t as astringent as I suspect it would be hot. I get notes of spinach, kale, grass, umami, beans, butter, apple, and faint papaya. I still wouldn’t describe it as particularly fruity. The tea is smoother than the two hot fukamushi senchas I’ve had, with a thicker body. The longer second steep produced a pleasant grassy, vegetal tea with no fruit and little character, so I think it’s best to cold steep it only once.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Grass, Green Beans, Kale, Papaya, Smooth, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
5 g 24 OZ / 700 ML

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Dry Aroma: Sweetgrass. One of my favorite tea scents. The aroma changes very quickly as it moves from freshly opened to mixing with the air.
Appearance: Dark green with a few light greens. A few long needles but mostly smaller pieces.
Liquor aroma: Mouth watering. Slightly brothy. Some what grassy.
Wet leaf: Mushy. Green.
Flavor: This tea is like a 2-year-old. Watch it or you’re going to have a mess. Within 10 seconds it quickly switches from this creamy sweet grass with a silky mouthfeel to a raging toddler with astringency and strong grass notes.

NIO Advent 2023: Quick brewing in a shiboridashi is a thing of art. And I am an amateur. The amount of water is very small so the steep time is quite quick. Many of the same notes. Though I do think this one shines brighter with a higher amount of water. Could also be the 3 canker sores speaking…

gmathis

I’ve had some greens that threw tantrums if the water was half a degree off. And some like a sulky teenager…the flavor wouldn’t come out of its room no matter how much you raged, pleaded, and bribed!

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Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 23 (2/2)

Woah, this one really smacks you in the mouth ha ha.

It has a very powerful and intense vegetal flavor with notes of spinach and kale, perhaps a bit of squash in there as well. Quite a bit of umami here. There’s some fresh grassiness midsip, and also a touch of bitterness creeps in, then some astringency pops up at the end of the sip, along with more grassy notes and apple skin.

The description mentions fruity notes, and I do get just a touch of the papaya near the end of the sip. As a rule I seem to have trouble finding fruity notes in Japanese green teas for some reason…

Very nice tea, especially when you need a kick in the pants! :P

Flavors: Apple Skins, Astringent, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Kale, Papaya, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal, Wheatgrass

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Hmm, I have received a sample quite long ago. But week or so ago I have received an e-mail from the company how I liked it. Honestly I have to say I forgot a bit about this one and I can not remember it much. So I took it once again (few last leaves) and writing this review.

If you are reading this Will – it is because of you! (No offence)

On small resealable bag (as just a sample) there is 60°, 1-1.5 min. I had to buy a thermometer as I don´t want to ruin tea like this one. So, first steep – 1.25 min, 58°C or something, 1 tea spoon, 250 ml mug, ball strainer. (I need a proper teaware)

Appearance: cloudy, light green, with lots of “dust” of tea, I guess my strainer mesh is not fine enough. So it looks bit like matcha on the bottom.

Aroma and taste: Honestly, very complex. Spinach, flowers, lots of Umami. Aromas are almost same, but add a freshly cut grass. It also smells like meadow.

Ahh, I think I love it! (Keeping 100 for something really extra)

Let´s make second brew now.

Edit:

Second brew is very similar: Color is more vivid, so does tastes and aromas.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Spinach, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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