Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 2
Hopefully this is the right tea, the card just said “Murasaki Sencha”. But it definitely looks like a fukamushi so this seems correct! Steeped according to the directions, 5g for 150ml of 150°F water for 45s, 20s, 20s.
I don’t honestly have a lot of experience with fukamushi sencha, mostly because I generally drink a lot of Obubu teas and it’s not one of their normal sencha (although I think they do offer one?). But this has a lovely, super smooth and mellow vegetal flavor. Honestly it’s not that far off from a kabusecha, it has the same rich umami notes and silky texture. Spinach mostly, with some nice nuttiness to it. There was a lovely tart passion fruit aroma to the dry leaves, but I only get a hint of that in the taste. It’s at the end of the sip, alongside a slight astringency and touch of bitterness.
Subsequent steeps are much more deep green and taste strongly savory and marine, with more grassy notes and hints of floral. I no longer taste the fruitiness in the finish.
Tasty tea! I’m really liking having a Japanese tea to sip each day. :D
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Green, Marine, Nuts, Passion Fruit, Savory, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Umami, Vegetal