Hachimanjyu: Organic Shincha "Hisoka", Spring First Flush Green Tea (Yutaka Midori)

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Bitter, Grass, Green Apple, Salty, Sour, Sweet, Umami, Broth, Salt, Fruity, Thick
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “This sencha seems to be more about the flavour than anything else really. Having said that, the empty cup aroma is quite distinctive – and reminiscent of Taiwanese high mountain oolongs. The taste...” Read full tasting note
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  • “My goodness, that name is quite a mouthful. :-) This tea features short grass-like pieces of leaf a lovely dark green. For this review, steeped at around 170F for about 2 minutes. First steep was a...” Read full tasting note
    70
  • “I’m quite excited for my package from Yunomi – my first decently sized order from them. I have very little experience with Japanese Green tea, but I got a cool starter set from Den’s Tea (just a...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunomi

Cultivars: Yutaka Midori.
Harvest: April, 2016.
Steaming: Asamushi, or lightly steamed. This results a leaf that is kept more intact than longer steaming, and therefore results in a clearer, liquid that extracts more slowly from the leaf for multiple steepings. This type of steaming is usually reserved for higher quality leaf.

Steeping recommendation: We recommend the warm water steeping method. Steep it in a small amount at low temperature to enjoy the umami flavors more distinctly like gyokuro, then again at higher temperatures to release more flavors.

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This sencha seems to be more about the flavour than anything else really. Having said that, the empty cup aroma is quite distinctive – and reminiscent of Taiwanese high mountain oolongs. The taste is balanced, but also a bit muted. It is a mix of bitter, sour, brothy, salty, and sweet flavours, with a fruity aftertaste that leaves a constrictive, cooling sensation. The mouthfeel is oily I’d say. Overall, it is different from other senchas I’ve had, probably mostly due to its processing, but not really better.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green Apple, Salty, Sour, Sweet, Umami

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My goodness, that name is quite a mouthful. :-) This tea features short grass-like pieces of leaf a lovely dark green. For this review, steeped at around 170F for about 2 minutes. First steep was a cloudy yellow-green that tasted quite broth-like, noticeably salty with a slight sourness. Something like a seaweed broth. The next steep was sweeter, with the saltiness replaced by a more grassy sencha flavor with some bitter notes creeping in, but overall weaker in flavor. The third steep had little flavor left.

A quality tea, and a good price, but the savoriness is not my favorite flavor profile.

Flavors: Broth, Salt

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m quite excited for my package from Yunomi – my first decently sized order from them. I have very little experience with Japanese Green tea, but I got a cool starter set from Den’s Tea (just a kyusu really), and figured I’d give some shincha a try this year! So I have about 10-15 different shinchas to try, and this is the first one I randomly pulled out of the box.

I tried two different brewing methods – the one I’ve been using for the few sencha I’ve tried, and then the “Warm water” method recommended on Yunomi’s site. My method is 160 degrees with steep times of 1m, 30s (raise temp to 170), 30-45s, (raise temp to 180 – sometimes), 60s.

The other method was 160 degrees, steep times of 2m (raise temp to 180), 20s, (raise temp to 190), 45s, (raise temp to 212), 60s. This seemed weird to me, especially with the really long first brew and the high temps at the end (granted, the site said to use “hotter” temps on subsequent steeps, only being as specific as 180-212F).

I’m afraid that, as I have little experience with this sort of tea, my reviews may all be similar – It will probably take me time to differentiate the flavors I’m tasting in these teas, just as it did with the puerh tea I’ve been drinking more of. So far though, it seems that Japanese greens as a category (vs. sheng puerh) is a bit more homogenous when it comes to flavor – they all have a decent bit of grassiness, mainly.

So! Onto this tea specifically. As foreshadowed above, both methods produced a nice and yellow-green liquid with strong grassy notes. I believe I preferred the “warm water” method, as the tea had a thicker texture and a more bracing bitterness. It seemed that the first couple steeps in both methods had some bitter notes, but with the longer first steep, the thicker and richer texture seemed almost to mellow out the bitterness. Having trouble discerning much besides grass. In the second or third steep on warmer method, I think I detected some fruitiness in the aftertaste, but that was about it.

I think I’m going to be looking at this shincha box as a crash course in Japanese Greens. I may not get “full enjoyment” out of this tea, like I might if I had more experience with this sub-type of tea, but it will be a good learning experience, and can help inform me on what I like in the future.

Anybody with more expertise than me – how different is this shincha going to be from other senchas and whatnot that are harvested later in the season/year? Thanks!

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Grass, Thick

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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