Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Den’s Tea
It is our best quality Fukamushi-Sencha and is also unique in that it is from a special species, Yutakamidori. Den’s favorite Fukamushi-Sencha.
The aroma of the dry leaf is quite grassy, and when you look at the dry leaf, you might think that you’ve a bunch of blades of green grass rather than tea leaves. The leaves have a very slender cut to them, and they look like blades of bright green – and I mean vividly green! – grass. And that’s almost the color liquor it produces too. A very bright, jade green. Beautiful!
And although I’ve never actually brewed blades of grass before, I don’t think that it would taste like this. Yes, there are some grassy tones to this tea, but it is so much more complex than that. It has a wonderful texture to it, and the flavor is a savory, broth-like taste. It isn’t as sweet as some Sencha teas tend to be, this one has more of a savory note to it. And while it does have a creamy texture to it, it doesn’t taste creamy or buttery. It tastes nutty and toasty, like freshly roasted chestnuts.
There are hints of sweetness along with a distinct sour tone that leans to the aforementioned savory side. It has a very comforting effect that reminds me of the feeling I would get if I were eating chicken soup. This doesn’t taste like chicken soup, of course, but you know that feeling? That warm, home-y, comforting sense of well-being that you get when you have a cup of homemade chicken soup? That’s what I feel right now as I sip this. It is very soothing, very relaxing, and quite delicious.
This is a tea that I’d like to keep on hand for when I might be feeling under the weather, or any time that I want to experience that satisfying feeling of something so comforting and delicious.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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