Sencha from Hon.yama, Tamakawa, Yamakai cultivar

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Green Tea
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Alkaline, Beans, Berry, Bitter, Bittersweet, Butter, Candy, Cream, Fruity, Grass, Pastries, Peat, Popcorn, Raspberry, Round, Sakura, Savory, Smooth, Spinach, Sugar, Sweet, Sweet Corn, Thick, Watermelon, Wheatgrass, White Grapes
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140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 oz / 70 ml

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  • “What did I do to deserve derk? Nothing, that’s what. As I thought about that, I was reminded of a little story I read a long time ago in a sermon trying to explain the concept of the grace of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Another interesting sencha and so different from any I’ve had :) April 26/27, 2021 harvest. The dark green needles smell very sweet and fruity like raspberries but not raspberries, you know, some...” Read full tasting note
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raspberry, melon
Umami★★★★ / Astringency☆☆☆☆
Body★★★☆ / Firing★★★☆

From the first contact with these sublime mountain tea leaves, we are bowled over by the strength of the fragrance that they release. It is a very complex scent, but also very natural, with no excess sweetness.
On the famous Tsukiji tea garden in Tamakawa, teas are finished so as to make them as close as possible to what they are in the fields, to what the earth in which they are grown has given them.
The steaming is minimal and the rolling is perfectly mastered.

This tea is made from the Yamakai cultivar tea plant, which is most famous for shaded production, such as gyokuro. However, this is a pure sencha that reveals the true nature of this reputedly finicky cultivar.
The fragrance of the liquor contrasts with that of the leaves, and it is very fresh, with no heaviness. In contrast, the liquor shows strength and depth. Notes of flowers, berries, peat, a slightly mineral texture, and yet this complexity does not in any way take away from the pleasure of drinking this liquor, of letting it flow down the throat as it deposits its many scents. The mellowness comes out only later, and it is the very special sweetness of sencha, very natural, completely different from the saccharine of amino acids.

This handpicked sencha is especially difficult to describe. You have to try it, befriend it, steep yourself in it to gradually grasp its extraordinary qualities.

Type of tea: Futsumushi (normal-steamed) sencha
Origin: Terao, Tamakawa Area, Aoi Borough, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Cultivar: Yamakai
Harvest: April 26-27th, 2021, handpicked

Steeping method

Quantity of leaves: 4-5 g / 1.2/1.5 tsp Quantity of water: 70 ml / 1/4 cup Water temperature : 60°C / 140°F Steeping time : 80 seconds

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What did I do to deserve derk? Nothing, that’s what. As I thought about that, I was reminded of a little story I read a long time ago in a sermon trying to explain the concept of the grace of God.

A businessman from up north is traveling through the Southern US. He stops at a diner and orders breakfast – bacon, eggs, and toast. A waitress brings his plate and he points at a white mass and asks, “What is this?”

“That’s grits,” she replies.

“But I didn’t order grits,” he responds.

Patiently she tells him, “You don’t order grits. They just come.”

And that is how grits are like the grace of God and derk. Derk, you are better than grits, and I like grits a lot.

On to the tea! Wow, skinny skinny sharp and pointy deep dark green. Water hits the leaves and deep golden color develops quickly. Before I ever take a sip from the cup, I know this tea is thick. I mean, THICC. Brothy and very like seasoned broth from a well-seasoned and long stewed chicken. Umami to the tenth power.

So much flavor. My tongue is tingling with the briskness which builds and I just drink more and more. The most remarkable part is that I finished the first cup and did a bit of cleaning and the flavor was still lingering. The rising sweetness we so often hear about (usually I thought with Chinese green tea) is relentless. I keep getting a burble of this very sweet flavor.

The second steep is just as flavorful, perhaps a tad more brisk but still the rising sweetness that follows lingers for a long, long time. It just doesn’t quit. More steeps to come, but honestly I think I will be tasting this for literally hours today because I am STILL tasting the last of the second steep even though it has been a while since I sipped.

I am not nearly as eloquent as derk, nor am I as good at detecting flavors, but this is great tea and I am very happy I had this opportunity to try it.

Thank you, derk!

derk

Just a little something :) You have an eloquence in words that I don’t possess – that of tender emotion. Thanks for being you.

gmathis

Reading that just makes my heart happy. You’re both pretty special. <3

derk

Hey, isn’t your birthday coming up, g?

Martin Bednář

derk is such a lovely person. And the tea that you received seems in many ways very similar :)

gmathis

derk, you’re sweet to remember! Easter weekend. I grew up with a lot of bunnies on my cakes.

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Another interesting sencha and so different from any I’ve had :) April 26/27, 2021 harvest.

The dark green needles smell very sweet and fruity like raspberries but not raspberries, you know, some other obscure regional berry that never makes it way into a market! There’s also undertones white grapes and melon, more deep red watermelon leaning than anything, even candy-like, without that cucumbery smell they can sometimes have. The dry leaf smelled so good that the leaf that I spilled got picked up by my finger and went straight into my mouth to crunch on.

Warming the leaf brings another awesome aroma of raspberry danishes with a mellow undertone of cooked greens. Bahahaha!

Aroma is of raspberry, cherry blossom and wheatgrass with a small amount of dark bitterness.

Tea itself is thick with alkaline umami and some peaty bitterness. The raspberry/berry aromatics evaporate off palate and low into the sinuses. Here, it tastes/smells more like a berry flavored vitamin than the fruit. A moist, natural sweetness comes about in the back of the mouth in the ensuing minutes. The 3 or 4 subsequent steeps lighten evenly across all characteristics. I forgot about a final pot last night and poured it cold this morning after it sat for 12 hours. The tea was sweet and very tasty with practically no bitterness remaining and the berry character presented fully.

I don’t know. I’ve had this tea several times now and can’t help but think I’m describing it too simply. Dewy-thick-alkaline-umami-peaty-bitter-fruity-sweet. All that hyphenation tells me it’s round. I don’t find any distinct vegetal, grassy or seaweed tastes in this tea, only in the leaf and liquor aromas and a bit of a grass vibe as it steeps out.

Flavors: Alkaline, Beans, Berry, Bitter, Bittersweet, Butter, Candy, Cream, Fruity, Grass, Pastries, Peat, Popcorn, Raspberry, Round, Sakura, Savory, Smooth, Spinach, Sugar, Sweet, Sweet Corn, Thick, Watermelon, Wheatgrass, White Grapes

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML
ashmanra

I have to check this company out!

Leafhopper

After reading your note, I had to check our emails to see if this was the sencha I’m getting. Sounds like I should have picked this one!

derk

Coming y’alls way.

Leafhopper

Yay! Glad I’m getting a sample. I’m still waiting for the package from TheTea, so you don’t have to rush to send it out.

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