Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Creamy, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Kabocha, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Thick, Umami, Vegetal, Buffalo Grass, Nectar, Broth, Cannabis, Fruity, Ocean Breeze, Zucchini, Butter, Grass, Toast, Vegetables, Peas
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Caffeine
Medium
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 9 oz / 252 ml

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From Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

One of Obubu’s highest grade teas, Kabuse Sencha is shaded for two weeks before being harvested in early spring. The liquor is jadegreen in color with a distinctive and intense lingering umami flavor. Kabuse Sencha is vegetal with subtle notes of spinach and a thick mouthfeel. It is illustrative of traditional high quality Japanese teas.

Taste: Umami
Body: Rich
Texture: Rounded
Length: Long
Harvest: May
Tea Cultivar: Yabukita
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Shaded
Processing: Lightly Steamed, Rolled, Dried

About Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms View company

It started with a single cup of tea. As the legend goes, our president Akihiro Kita, or Akky-san, visited Wazuka, Kyoto one fateful day. At the time, Akky-san was still a college student in search for life's calling. After trying the region's famous Ujicha (literally meaning tea from the Uji district), he immediately fell in love and his passion for green tea was born. He had finally found what he was looking for in that one simple cup of tea. After fifteen years of learning to master the art of growing tea from tea farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms was born and as they say, the rest is history. So what's an Obubu? Obubu is the Kyoto slang for tea. Here in the international department we call ourselves Obubu Tea. That's "Tea Tea" for the bilinguals. We love tea so much, we just had to have it twice in our name. Now Obubu means more than just tea to us. It means, family, friends, passion and the place we call home. More than just tea. Though the roots of Obubu stem from tea, it has become more than that over the years. Obubu is an agricultural social venture, operating with three (1) bring quality Japanese tea to the world (2) contribute to the local and global community through tea (3) revitalize interest in tea and agriculture through education.

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I had been saving my sample of Kabuse Sencha this past month until I had a nice calm evening to really sit quietly and enjoy the flavors of this wonderful tea. The aroma of the dry leaves is phenomenal and I decided to use the Wazuka, or Southern Kyoto steeping technique which Obubu Tea describes in their brochure and on their website. My small kyusu teapot was used for all, after being warmed first and 5 grams of tea added.

1st (concentrated) steeping: Only 3 oz or 80 ml of 160F/70C spring water, for 1.5 minutes. Brews up a “sencha espresso” that is very sweet, nicely vegetal and tastes like spring. Aroma and after taste have just a hint of a savory character.

2nd through 4th steeping: Full 6 oz or 180 ml of spring water gradually increasing the temperature and time with each steeping. The flavor and aroma become less sweet, and more vegetal with almost no detectable bitterness or astringency. Very nice balance, and truly enjoyable.

The leaves are so tender and hydrated after steeping, that they can easily be eaten. I used mine to make “green rice” for dinner. Simply added the leaves to some pre-cooked brown rice with just a touch of soy sauce and a few green chives on top.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I had to try an ice brew method with this one, because I know it is so successful and wanted to give Obubu’s highest quality tea the best shot possible.

I may not have needed to do so, because every steeping was really delicious and overall the tea seemed pretty unique (in a refreshing way!). I’m surprised it is aracha, because it seemed to be only leaf (small whole leaves and broken pieces). There were so many small pieces in the dry leaf, I’m also surprised it wasn’t a chu or fukamushi.

I couldn’t figure out why I liked it, but it didn’t have the typical gyokuro flavors (nor the typical sencha ones)… it wasn’t strongly marine flavored or vegetal, or super sweet or bitter, or fruity, and yet somehow it was full of flavor and gave 5 good infusions.

I’ve finally finished the sampler from Obubu, and overall I wasn’t too impressed, but they do carry a couple that I found to be pretty good – this and Sencha of the Earth I can think of off the top of my head. Those might be good enough to pick up 100g some day. If they sold them in 50g sizes, I would definitely put them on the shopping list, because it would not only be cheaper in that amount, but 100g is just a lot of tea! (I get tired of the same one after a while, so it’s nice to have something different to try, and 2 – 2.5oz seems like the sweet spot for me).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I just received this sample as part of the Owners Club Gift. I don’t like it at all. Very green and bitter. I tried it using the warm and then standard methods of steeping and didn’t care for either outcome.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

try shorter steeps, say 30 seconds.

Obubu Tea

haha…it’s not for everyone :)

Obubu Tea

15-30 second steeps are best with this tea…….for those who like a light taste, it’s water in water out.

Rumpus Parable

Thank you for the info, I will definitely re-try it at shorter steepings.

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Sipdown! (64 | 194)

I took one of my recently acquired kyusu out for a spin with this lovely tea this afternoon.
I followed the parameters from Obubu’s video – first steep at 140°F for 90 seconds, and then a second steep at 175°F for 30 seconds.

The first steep had a lovely thick and rich kabocha or acorn squash-like flavor to it, along with intensely vegetal steamed spinach notes and a soft undercurrent of umami. There was also a bit of fresher grass and green hay bringing up the rear. Very little bitterness. The second steep was much hotter and shorter, so I tasted more of the grass and hay flavors, and there was a stronger pleasantly bitter note at the end of the sip, along with a touch of astringency.

Overall, very rich and satisfying with a lovely intensity. I felt very energetic after the session!

P.S. – Someone rated this a 4, seriously?!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CM8Rg17hRPn/

Flavors: Creamy, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Kabocha, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
AJRimmer

Yeah, I basically never rate things that low, even if they’re awful. It just feels mean!

Cameron B.

I mean, I could understand if it was a low quality tea, but yeah, I don’t get it for this one. Obviously it’s their right to rate it a 4 though! :P

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This was an exquisite Sencha with a very gyokuro-esque character. It’s probably the most umami laden sencha I’ve ever had. Clean and crisp with a velvety rich umami flavor, steamed spinach, and what tastes like morning mist on prairie grass. This is also the first green in a long while that left me a feeling bit light headed and on the verge of being tea drunk. Powerful stuff.

The quality of this tea is evident not only from how immaculate the leaves are but the number of infusions it gives. I got 5 excellent steeps from it while most Sencha can only give 2 or 3. Thanks Cameron!

Flavors: Spinach, Umami

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 240 ML
Cameron B.

Yay, so glad you loved it! ❤

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Good.

Very vegetable and pure. The liquid comes out darker as you rebrew it, which is rare for me to do with sencha. I brewed this three times and was quite happy every single time, it was close to a gyokuro without the buttery texture. The smoothness and size of the leaf of this tea when combined to its color… makes it certain that I will have my first flush sencha from Obubu on preorder come February 2016 :)

Kirkoneill1988

i love the freshly cut grass taste of most Japanese green teas

Kirkoneill1988

nice pics :D

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This was included in my Yunomi order :)

I decided I should try out some warm water steeping for this, so I gave it a shot. I ripped open this package to take in my surprise. I pour out some astonishing long emerald shards. They vary in color from forest green to a lime topaz. The aroma of these leaves is pure vegetal. This tea evokes growth! I prepare my kyusu for a pleasant brew. The first steeping was a translucent nectar. The syrup was softly sweet with notes of light grass. This brew carried a bright spring scent of a vegetable garden in full swing. The next subsequent brews gained more and more depth. This drink became grassy and full of umami. I was able to get four steepings from these leaves (which is a lot for japanese sencha). I love this tea and I cant wait for this years harvest!

https://instagram.com/p/0Qg2uaTGVq/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Buffalo Grass, Nectar, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The dry leaf smells like an ocean breeze – light and cool, almost misty, with a touch of seaweed and salt.

Steeped, this one has a lot of marine qualities to it – strong seaweed and umami notes. Steeped for 45 seconds, it’s light and cooling. An additional 10 seconds changed it completely, making it very brothlike, with a much thicker body and a more savoury quality. There are hints of spinach and zucchini now.

Quite enjoyable. Less sweet than most of the other senchas I’ve sampled recently.

Edit: Second steep is weird. Tastes like generic fruity flavours and cannabis.

Flavors: Broth, Cannabis, Fruity, Ocean Breeze, Seaweed, Spinach, Umami, Zucchini

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So, by mistake I overlooked a response to a tasting note I wrote about Steepster Select’s Obukucha from earlier this year. I was swooning about the briny seaweed notes in that tea, waxing poetic about how it is exactly the taste profile I want in a Japanese tea, etc.

The reply, written 8 months ago, would have saved me A LOT of searching for flavor profiles. Turns out that the salty mineral taste I seek is Uji region specific. D’OH. So I ordered some of that, but in the mean time I have like 5 other senchas to get through before they lose their freshness. This tea, which I got from the Obubu tea club earlier in the year, is one of them.

Brewed at the hot water steeping parameters ( 5g. tea for 6 oz. water @ 212F for 30 seconds), I opened this and the dry leaf smelled immediately of sweet buttered spinach. It looked like jade green grass clippings, so, quality sencha in other words.

Now that I know that sencha varies by region I’m that much more fascinated and interested in picking up the differences for myself. This is an earthy sencha – in that it gives me no marine/seaweed characteristics whatsoever. It is grassy, and again, that sweet, buttery spinach is what I taste. It doesn’t have what I necessarily consider to be umami, but it does have just a touch of astringence when it cools. Overall its a sweeter sencha, and a solid one if salty brothy senchas aren’t your thing.

Also, it pairs quite well with seaweed salad and udon noodles. I can speak from experience :).

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Spinach

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This tea is chock full of umami flavor, very savory. There are hints of brussel sprout and grilled cheese sandwich (mostly the flavor of bread that’s been toasted in a pan with butter). It leaves a really savory flavor in the mouth. I wouldn’t say this one is sweet particularly, just really rich and mellow.

By the second infusion the tea tastes a bit metallic as it cools down. It seems to have expended most of the flavor on the first infusion (only 1 minute). There are fresh green bean and mild nutty flavors, overall it seems very subdued.

I’m a little new to sencha, so I’m not sure how much flavor should be present in the repeat infusions. It seems from my experience that it’s usually a lot more muted after the first, so most of my rating for the tea comes from there.

I actually really preferred Obubu’s Sencha of Brightness to this top-of-the-line sencha from Obubu that is double the price.

Flavors: Butter, Toast, Umami, Vegetables

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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