Another Sencha from
Teamountain's offering – this time, a humbler, inexpensive one.
Purchased from Slovak shop Nomad, this Yabukita-breed tea comes from
a less-known area of Kōchi prefecture, located on Shikoku island –
which made me even more curious about it.
Packed in a typically
beautiful golden-yellow bag, its leaves come in a form of
surprisingly good-looking, long Asamushi needles. They emit quite a
simple, fruity smell with notable freshness.
With such humble tea,
humble, simple character is what I expect and desire. This tea
fulfills the expectations for a good everyday Sencha – it remains
steadily enjoyable during all infusions, having a mostly sweet,
well-balanced taste with notes of green grapes, nuts and milk. No
traces of bitterness – or anything unpleasant, actually. It leaves
an equally simple, sweet aftertaste, which doesn't last too long, but
feels pleasant and refreshing nevertheless. One thing worth noting is
that its character really seems different – it didn't remind me of
teas from Shizuoka, Uji or Kyushu, instead being quite original on
its own. It might be interesting to look deeper into tea production
of Kōchi, for me a completely unexplored area before this tea (at
least as far as I can remember, for my memory isn't always that
For me, this tea was a
nice surprise among this year's offering of inexpensive Japanese
teas. This post isn't going to contain any more words, just one
sentence to sum it up: it's simple, it's good.
Necessary to say, I'm not a native English speaker (as you have probably already figured out from my entries), so please forgive me my mistakes and limited use of language. Other than that, I am an eternal student deeply appreciating good tea and all joys connected to it. Among my other interests is poetry – apart from reading, I also try to do my best in writing it. Then goes film, which is a big passion of mine as well as my field of study. Naturally, I would like to continue and deepen these interests in the future.